Pentagon halts operation training with Saudi Arabia

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The Pentagon has halted all operational training of Saudi Arabian military officers at U.S. bases in the wake of Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that claimed the lives of three sailors.


Training for Saudi nationals in programs at U.S. military facilities is now limited to classrooms only as the Pentagon conducts a wide-ranging review, a top Pentagon official told reporters Tuesday evening.

Members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction at U.S. facilities, and investigators are thought to be questioning other Saudi students about possible involvement in Friday’s attack.

The review will focus on policies and procedures for screening foreign students and granting access to U.S. bases, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said in a statement as he directed the secretaries of the armed forces to “take additional security measures as they see fit.”

The announcement comes after Saudi Royal Air Force 2nd Lt. Ahmed Mohammed al Shamrani, 21, killed three U.S. sailors and wounded eight other people Friday, when he opened fire with a handgun during a class at the Pensacola base. He was shot dead by sheriff’s deputies who arrived on the scene.

The FBI has said that al Shamrani accused the U.S. of being anti-Muslim on Twitter before the attack and that the bureau is investigating the matter as an “act of terrorism.”

The official insisted that the U.S. will continue to partner with Saudi Arabia for defense purposes. The U.S. military has trained more than 28,000 Saudi students since the start of the security cooperation “without serious incident until now,” the official said.

The Washington Times



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Pentagon halts operation training with Saudi Arabia

2019/12/1576040216.jpg
Read: 1086     10:55     11 December 2019    

The Pentagon has halted all operational training of Saudi Arabian military officers at U.S. bases in the wake of Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that claimed the lives of three sailors.


Training for Saudi nationals in programs at U.S. military facilities is now limited to classrooms only as the Pentagon conducts a wide-ranging review, a top Pentagon official told reporters Tuesday evening.

Members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction at U.S. facilities, and investigators are thought to be questioning other Saudi students about possible involvement in Friday’s attack.

The review will focus on policies and procedures for screening foreign students and granting access to U.S. bases, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said in a statement as he directed the secretaries of the armed forces to “take additional security measures as they see fit.”

The announcement comes after Saudi Royal Air Force 2nd Lt. Ahmed Mohammed al Shamrani, 21, killed three U.S. sailors and wounded eight other people Friday, when he opened fire with a handgun during a class at the Pensacola base. He was shot dead by sheriff’s deputies who arrived on the scene.

The FBI has said that al Shamrani accused the U.S. of being anti-Muslim on Twitter before the attack and that the bureau is investigating the matter as an “act of terrorism.”

The official insisted that the U.S. will continue to partner with Saudi Arabia for defense purposes. The U.S. military has trained more than 28,000 Saudi students since the start of the security cooperation “without serious incident until now,” the official said.

The Washington Times



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