Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, left, opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines and wounding three other people before he was killed. At right is the recruiting center’s front door, which was pierced by bullets. (Facebook)

Mohammod Youssof Abdulazeez has been identified by the FBI as the gunman who fatally shot four Marines and wounded a police officer on Thursday in shootings at two military recruiting and training centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Abdulazeez, 24, is also dead, the FBI says.

At least two others were injured, including one in critical condition. The officer is in stable condition. The shootings happened at separate military reserve centers on Lee Highway and Amnicola Highway.

Here’s what we know so far:


1. He Was a Naturalized U.S. Citizen Originally From Kuwait

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s mug shot from an April 2015 arrest for driving under the influence. (Hamilton County Jail via Chattanoogan.com)

NBC News reports that Abdulazeez is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Kuwait. His family is Jordanian.He came to the United States in 1996 with his parents.

Abdulazeez visited Jordan for about seven months last year, according to the New York Times.

He lived in Hixson, Tennessee, which is a community in Chattanooga, in a middle-class Muslim family.

The FBI was searching the neighborhood where his family lives:

Two women were seen being removed from the home in handcuffs, but neither was arrested.

He was arrested on April 21, 2015 for driving under the influence in Hamilton County, Tennessee, according to the Chattanoogan.com.

Police have not yet released a motive for why the gunman targeted the two military facilities and military personnel. Authorities said he did not work at the military centers. The shooting is being investigated as “national security” case and the FBI is leading the probe.

Police believe he acted alone and they are not actively searching for another shooter.


2. He Wasn’t on Terror Watch Lists & It’s Not Yet Known if He Had Ties to Islamic Terrorists

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An ISIS-affiliated account sent out this tweet. (@K_H_O7777777777/Twitter)

Abdulazeez was not being watched by the FBI or on any terror watchlists prior to the shooting, CBS News reports.

The FBI is now trying to determine if he has any ties to terror groups, if he was inspired by organizations like ISIS and if he had any accomplices. The Justice Department said it is a “national security” investigation.

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said the case is an “open terrorism investigation,” and he believes, based on his experience, that it was inspired by ISIS.

But federal authorities said at a press conference that there is no indication yet that the attack was ISIS-inspired.
Several ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts tweeted about the shooting, praising Abdulazeez.

An ISIS-related account tweeted “O American dogs soon YOU will see the wonders,” and used #Chattanooga.

The account has tweeted out other references to Chattanooga:

The account also has several anti-American and pro-ISIS tweets.

ISIS often uses social media to recruit supporters and to distribute its propaganda videos, including disturbing executions. They also have told their followers to carry out attacks in their name across the world, including in the United States. Terrorism experts say it’s not likely ISIS fighters would try to come to the United States, but that they would try to inspire Americans to carry out attacks here.

The terror organization had called for an increase in terror attacks at the end of Ramadan. The holiday comes to a close on Friday.


3. He Was a Recent College Grad & Electrical Engineer Who Was Trained as an MMA Fighter

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez at his college graduation. (Facebook)

Abdulazeez attended Red Bank High School in Tennessee. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, his high school yearbook quote was, “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”

“He was an unbelievable nice person,” a high school classmate, Ryan Smith, told the Times Free press. “He was honestly one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.”

Smith said Abdulazeez was also religious.

Abdulazeez graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012, according to posts on his mother’s Facebook page and a resume posted on Indeed.com.

He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked from April 2009 to April 2010 as an intern with the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally owned corporation that provides electricity to 9 million people in the southeast. He also had internships at Mohawk Industries and Global Trade Express.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that his father is a city employee in the public works department.

CBS News incorrectly reported that he was an employee of the city of Chattanooga:

Abdulazeez was a high school wrestler and trained as a mixed martial arts fighter.

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A screengrab from a video promoting his first MMA fight. (YouTube)

He fought in at least one match, in 2009.

It’s not clear how many fights he had, but a video of one of the fights was posted online and promoted on an MMA message board.


4. He Wrote 2 Blog Posts About Islam Days Before the Attack

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A recent photo posted by his sister. (Facebook)

Abdulazeez made wrote two blog posts on a recently created website just days before the attack. Both posts were published on July 13, 2015.

In the first posted, title “A Prison Called Dunya,” he wrote:

I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam. They would do this because they know and have been told that they will be rewarded with pleasures that they have never seen.

He also said in that post that life is “nothing more than a test of our faith and patience,” adding:

It was designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire, and to rank amongst them the best of the best and worst of the worst. Don’t let the society we live in deviate you from the task at hand. Take your study guide, the Quran and Sunnah, with strength and faith, and be firm as you live your short life in this prison called Dunya. Allah (SWT) says live for this life and the hereafter according to their length. Rasulullah says the life on this world compared to the hereafter is like a drop compared to an ocean.

Brothers and sisters don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by. Take his word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so called “Scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow allahs way 100 % and put your desires to the side, allah will guide you to what is right.

The second post was called “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.” He wrote about the Prophet’s Sahaba, or companions:

We often talk about the Sahaba (RA) and their Ibada. We talk about their worshiping at night, making thikr, reading quran, fasting, sala. But did you ever notice that in one certain period towards the end of the lives of the Sahaba (RA), almost every one of the Sahaba (RA) was a political leader or an army general? Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah.

So this picture that you have in your mind that the Sahaba (RA) were people being like priests living in monasteries is not true. All of them towards the end of the lives were either a mayor of a town, governor of a state, or leader of an army at the frontlines. The Sahaba (RA) were very involved in establishing Islam in the world. Their mission was to establish Islam and live it. …

We ask Allah to make us follow their path. To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength the live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world.


5. He Opened Fire From His Mustang at the Recruiting Center & Then Gunned Down the Marines at Another Facility

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Police believe the gunman acted alone and they are not actively searching for another shooter. Above is a photo of the silver Mustang, drop top that was described by onlookers.

Abdulazeez’s shooting spree began at at a National Guard recruiting center on Lee Highway.

A woman who worked at a restaurant next to the recruiting office on Lee Highway told CNN she saw the shooting.

“I looked out of our window and I seen the guy in his car, a silver Mustang, drop top, a white guy and he had a high-powered rifle and was just firing shots into the Air Force, Navy and Marines office,” Gina Mule told CNN. “I don’t even know how many shots he fired, but it was a lot. … After he got done opening fire, he pulled out really quick.”

He then drove to to another military facility on Amnicola Highway, where he killed the four Marines.

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(Google Maps)

The two military facilities are about eight miles apart.

Abdulazeez was chased by police officers after the shootings and engaged in a shootout with them. One of the officers was shot in the leg during that encounter.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said officers “actively and enthusiastically” engaged with Abdulazeez on Amnicola Highway, where he was killed by Chattanooga police officers.

Abdulazeez was armed with two long guns and a handgun, the FBI said.

Read more coverage about the shooting and investigation at the link below:

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286 Comments

radical shady

this is a staged event by your government, to get support for what’s coming in the coming months.. see for yourself…

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chattanoogaResident

Stop it! I live in chatt.tn.. this was not staged!! U shame the 5 military men that were murdered. One was my neighbor you bafoon!

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Ibrahim

We live in very sinister times. I think we all need to look at the news twice and read George Orwell’s 1984 once. Look at the pattern: 1. Muslim lives among non-Muslim neighbors in peace. 2. Muslim man is not particularly religious. 3. Suddenly, defying all crimnology studies that have documented that psychopaths leave a trail of mentally disturbed behavior among neighbors and associates, wakes up one day and commits an act suggesting that he had a seething hatred for the West/non-Muslims based on a religion he didn’t show any passion for. 4. Is shot dead before any investigation; before other terrorist cells can be identified; before his guilt is established. 5. No intelligence agency had any clue that the suspect was dangerous or was a potential threat.
How is it that in a day in time when everything that everyone of reads, writes, buys, and photographs is recorded without our knowledge or permission….people from a particular religious background (Muslims) continue to evade all intelligence surveillance (all over the planet) while having left no observable clues that they may be dangerous (which results in draconian laws that neither protect the innocent or identify other terrorists factions)?? Why are they all shot dead before an investigation? Why aren’t other terrorist like Dylan Roof shot dead when they’ve been suspected of equally heinous acts?? How is it that this pattern of events continues to coincidentally replicate itself in nearly every terrorist act?? I’m not suggesting a conspiracy but I am suggesting that we stopping blindly buying into the hype and ask some basic questions.

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Anonymous

You , my friend , are 1 dumb shit. Please tell me the last time you read any article published anywhere, or an account of any Muslim that has stood up and said WE ARE NOT COMMITTING THESE ATROCITIEs IT IS AN ACT OF YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT???? They waste NO time taking credit for it WAKE UP AND GET SOME SENSE. WE NEED TO START FIGHTING BACK. This is the SOUTH, we carry guns and we shoot back. The failure was our WEAK administration not allowing peacetime soldiers on our soil to carry the part of there uniform called WEAPON. If those Marines would have had access to THIER weapons, that coward NEVER would made it to a second clip ………….;

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storhertugen

Please! The major Nidal, Boston , the 20th hijacker and others were not killed, you represent an ideology that pretends to be a religion. But it is all hate and stupidity.

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Lyle

the Koran is the Mein Kampf of the religious world. It instructs Muslims to degrade, humiliate, oppress, enslave, and slaughter non-believers throughout the entire book. It is 114 Suras of irrational hate, oppression, intolerance, violence and bigotry. Islam is a barbaric political ideology, not a real religion at all. Islam, like Nazi fascism must be destroyed!

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David

Well put, however, all the replies to your comment demonstrate that there is no hope for the human race. Sorry.

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Lady Obvious

ANY Muslim who is secular can become a fundamentalist. All it takes if for them to connect or reconnect with their religion. The fundamentals of Islam are violent, bloodthirsty and paedophilic it is NO surprise to any one not even other Muslims when they commit these acts. I have a Muslim friend, he eats pork gets drunk every weekend and never prays. By Islam’s standards he should be killed as an apostate, but no in HIS eyes Muslims are still superior to the rest of us infidels.

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chattanoogaResident

He was devout Muslim u idiot. Read his blogs. His father on the FBI watch list. Are you really this stoopid! Reading comprehension a problem for u?….oh … Or are you Muslim too? Mmhmm.. gtfo

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Beeegeee

Religion aside, Being I don’t believe in any thing that is basically magic supported by only the faith of people scared of going to hell. To say it was staged is ignorant, The man was shooting at people! Just a clue to everyone no matter if you pray to Kermit the frog if you shoot at the Police you will be removed from the earth post haste. All Praise my Green savior !

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moonmac

Terrorist sympathizers need to be outed, labeled and watched like a hawk. This terrorist should only be shown as a pig. Photo shop his image in swine for eternity and bury him in a pig carcass.

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No one

Ppl need to wake up this is just a distraction, and stop blaming the Muslims it’s this ducked up government

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johnson

o m g is that an American flag I think we should ban the American flag as it is a sign of terrorism

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Anonymous

Acts of terror against American citizens are hate crimes as well as terrorism now in America. Look around you and you will see the political agenda for all the politicians who rely on support from certain groups of people to stay in power and have promoted policies that benefit their constituency, regardless of whether it harms our country and puts citizens’ lives at risk. Working legal citizens are heavily taxed to support programs and promote better opportunities for special interest groups, regardless of merit. Our legal citizens, especially in government agencies, are being replaced by persons based upon ethnicity, rather than qualifications. When we speak up, we are accused of racism. Our current President’s political agenda that is being implemented all around the country has tied the hands of our military and agencies like the FBI from protecting us from dangerous people who hate us for being Americans and want to harm us and bring down America. We have no legitimate government at this time.

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Moes

Same profile as those 2 boston marathon terrorist. Young educated , sportive and muslim

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john

Anyone that believes “the ISIS representative in the oval office isn’t 100% aware of all of these terrorist activities is a complete Idiot, moron and leftist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

He’s just following his fanatic religion which is a huge problem. These “Muslims” literally are instructed to kill non-believers in their Koran, and I quote multiple times.

“Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers. – 9:2-3”

“Unbelievers are enemies of Allah and they will roast in hell. – 41:14”

“O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. – 5:54”

Their idiolody does not work here. Why? THEY DON’T GIVE A RAT’S ASS ABOUT OUR FREEDOMS. Muslims are terrorists, can’t you see that?

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Anonymous

When are we going to stop these SOB from taking over are land and killing our people? Quit allowing these Camel jockeys to take advantage of our kindness before it is to late and they kill more of our people. They hate us so much and they are nothing but assholes and can never be trusted.

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Anonymous

Yeah, it must have been staged…..right. Lets just keep telling ourselves the Muslims aren’t dangerous and invite even more of them into the ocuntry. And for those of you who wonder why the fbi wasn’t watching him, well they’re too busy watching actual Americans. We’re the terrorists according to our government.

Muslim immigration must stop now. Americas future depends on it. The Quran and the Constitution cannot coexist, they are fundamentally opposed to each other.

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nevergettingseasontickets4gb

I am perfectly aware of how crazy this sounds but a part of me would not be shocked if I were to find out that ISIS were run and operated by a deep undercover intelligence operative. I would also not be surprised if Muhammed were influenced specifically so he would attack and create a national stir.
I already firm believe that someone/s has been manipulating the media with the intention of fracturing our country in this past year. Every time a black man died by a white man this year, it has made national headlines. Even in Baltimore the 3 black cops involved went even mentioned. I believe that it was done specifically to start race riots. Than there is Dylan roof. A very impressionable and obviously disturbed young man go and slays a roomful of God fearing black men and women. All of this is to much coincidence for me.
I know I sound like a conspiracy loon and a part of me agrees with that statement. The other part though has a nagging feeling that perhaps not everything is as seems

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Anonymous

The year he became a citizen? Did his father become a citizen while on their “Watch List”?

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Joe loDico

Drug abuse ridiculous, silly to blame these killings on that. This was a planned terrorist attack. The killer was able to obtain serious weapons, he knew the locations in detail; the call of Jihad is understood by most Muslims. There are many sleeper cells in our country, we all need to be aware, keep your eyes open. Extremist Islamic terrorists are not home grown they are recruited and trained; many are trained not to retreat, he is not a lone-wolf or copycat because this type of attack are planned/proclaimed by terrorist groups.
If 1% of Muslims (8 million) legally living in the US have sympathy with the extremist Islamic cause that would be 80,000 people. The “sympathize” may or may not become terrorists but hopefully the other 99% of Muslims will publicly stand against “Extremist Islamic Terrorists”.
God bless the USA.

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IslamISaLIE

Why isn’t the mainstream media showing people this website (https://myabdulazeez.wordpress.com/) – obviously written by the jihadist murderer that killed 5 innocent military members in Chattanooga TN. It’s not much different than the racist murder who killed 9 innocent souls in a South Carolina Church but instead of waving a relic battle flag as his inspiration this one was waving a Koran. And just like that old relic battle flag should be taken down (and it was, thank God) so also should the relic Koran be banned – at a minimum – from any public place. It is a book of violence that twists the minds of the weak into killing ‘infidels’ in hopes of wiping away their sins and shortcomings and thus gaining entrance to a fallacy “Paradise”. A lie Muhammad told hundreds of years ago to agitate (with threats of “hell” or rewards of “heaven”) the weak minded into a murderous rampage upon all that did not bow to his campaign of bloodshed in the name of “allah”.

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Jon Hammond (@JonHammond7)

Oh, what a surprise; the “false flag” conspiracy morons have commented here and implied that Abdulazeez’s cowardice and acts of terrorism are all part of some U.S. government plot when in fact, he was another radicalized Muslim living among us whose beliefs in Islam and whose refusal to integrate properly or accept modernity prove that he (and his family members too for that matter) are incompatible with American/Western values. Thankfully, that Islamo-fascist savage is dead, but his entire family should be deported from the United States of America.

Fortunately in Australia, PM Tony Abbott and the Conservative coalition government there are creating legislation that will not only see terrorists in Australia charged with treason, but they will also face deportation as will all of their family members living Down Under. That’s the kind of legislation that America needs, but it will never come to pass while the Obama Administration continues to exist and continues to pander to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian regime, Hamas, and other Islamo-fascists.

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John Shaft

Another scumbag muslim tango. Those dirtbags were scum before their precious Moohamid and will continue to be a blight on humanity until the Judgement Day

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