Pentagon suspends training of Saudis for security review

Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel on site of the NAS Pensacola shooting investigation on December 7, 2019. The Pentagon announced on December 10, 2019 that it was suspending operational training for Saudi military students in the US following a shooting rampage by a Saudi air force officer. PHOTO | FBI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, opened fire in a classroom at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida
  • He killed three American sailors and wounded eight other people before being shot dead by police.
  • The suspension of operational training applies to all members of the Saudi military currently undergoing training in the United States.
  • US Deputy Secretary of Defense ordered a review to be completed, within 10 days, of policies for screening foreign students.



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