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  1. kds1980

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    Deadly shootings at US army base


    Lieutenant General Bob Cone: "The shooter is in custody, and in a stable condition"

    A US Army major has opened fire on fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, killing 13 people and injuring 30, officials say.

    Base commander Lt Gen Bob Cone said that the gunman had not been killed, as earlier stated, but was in custody.

    It is not clear what motivated the attacker, named as 39-year-old military psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

    But some reports said the US-born Muslim was unhappy about being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.

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    Lt Gen Cone said one of the dead was a policeman and others were soldiers. MAJOR NIDAL MALIK HASAN

    US-born Muslim raised in Virginia
    Joined the army and trained to be a psychiatrist
    Treated soldiers returning from combat zones
    Described as a devout Muslim who attended prayers regularly
    Said to have been unhappy about imminent overseas deployment

    Profile: Major Nidal Malik Hasan


    President Barack Obama described it as "a horrific outburst of violence".

    Speaking at a press conference in Washington, he said: "It is difficult enough when we lose these brave men and women abroad, but it is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on US soil."

    He extended his condolences to the families of the victims, adding: "We will make sure that we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident."

    Eleven victims were initially reported dead, but two of the injured later died, bringing the death toll to 13.

    'Racial harassment'

    The gunman is now said to be wounded after being shot four times, but is in a stable condition in custody.

    "His death is not imminent," said Lt Gen Cone.


    Barack Obama: 'A horrific outburst of violence'

    An official said authorities initially thought one of the victims was the shooter, causing a delay in identifying Maj Hasan as the suspect, AP reported.

    Maj Hasan is a military psychiatrist and was reportedly due to be sent on a mission to Iraq or Afghanistan.

    His cousin said Maj Hasan had been resisting such a deployment.

    "He hired a military attorney to try to have the issue resolved, pay back the government, to get out of the military. He was at the end of trying everything," Nader Hasan told Fox News.

    He also said that Nidal Malik Hasan had been battling racial harassment because of his "Middle Eastern ethnicity".

    Prior to Fort Hood, Maj Hasan served as a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, which treats wounded troops from combat zones.SHOOTINGS AT FORT HOOD US MILITARY BASE

    Shooting starts 1330 local time (1930 GMT) at Soldier Readiness Processing Center near Howze Theater where graduation ceremony is due to take place
    Thirteen people are killed and 30 injured
    Soldiers close off Howze Theater to protect about 600 people inside
    Gunman Major Nidal Malik Hasan is shot and detained
    Built in 1942, Fort Hood is the largest US base in the world, home to about 40,000 personnel and includes two museums and a lake. It has been a focus for anti-war protesters

    Reaction: US base shootings
    In pictures: Fort Hood shootings



    Witness' account

    The shooting had begun at about 1330 (1930 GMT) on Thursday at a personnel and medical centre at Fort Hood, where soldiers who are preparing to deploy go for last-minute medical check-ups, Lt Gen Cone said.

    He said the gunman had two weapons, one semi-automatic, which "might explain the rate of fire".

    Asked whether the shootings were a terrorist act, Lt Gen Cone said: "I couldn't rule that out but I'm telling you that right now, the evidence does not suggest that."

    Two more suspects were apprehended in an adjacent facility, he said, but eyewitness accounts suggesting there might have been more than one gunman were later discounted.

    A serviceman stationed at Fort Hood, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC: "I heard the emergency announcement over the speakers outside and saw people rushing to get indoors."

    Local congressman John Carter, speaking to NBC News, said gunfire had erupted half an hour before a graduation ceremony was due to begin.

    'Like a city'

    Fort Hood, near the town of Killeen, is the largest US base in the world.

    Home to about 40,000 US troops, the base lies between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles (100 km) from each city.

    Soldiers at Fort Hood are among those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some will have returned from there.

    The base has a centre that deals with combat stress.

    Hilary Shine, of the Killeen Fire Department told the BBC's News Channel Fort Hood was like a small city.

    "It has schools, a hospital, a convenience store even. And it has a large daytime population - including civilians working on the base - with as many as 80,000 in this area during the daytime."


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  3. Tejwant Singh

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    It is sad day for America when the Media emphasis on some crazy person's religion. The word MUSLIM is plastered all over the news. Major Hasan was is as American as Baseball and American pie. No one mentioned Christian Timothy Mcveigh when he bombed the FBI building in Oklahoma and killed hundreds of people. In fact some Muslims were rounded up for questioning at that time. Why would not the media say that an "Army Major went on a killing rampage".

    In fact, the same question is asked in the following blog:

    Killing Rampage in Fort Hood, Why The Emphasis on 'Muslim'?

    Killing Rampage in Fort Hood, Why The Emphasis on 'Muslim'? - Waleg.com

    There are about 2000 American Muslim Soldiers deployed in the Iraq/Afghanistan war according to CNN.

    The toll of this long war on the soldiers is tremendous no matter if one belongs to any religion or is an Atheist like Pat Tillman who left his NFL career to fight for his country and was killed in a friendly fire in Afghanistan but the Bush Govt. covered it up and gave him a Silver Star, Purple Heart and posthumous promotion for bravery.

    Eventually, the truth came out, thanks to the Tillman family.

    And the interesting thing about all this is the question:

    Who was responsible for the cover up?

    The answer is, the present commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal who is asking for 40,000 more troops for Afghanistan and spoke about it in a seminar in the UK which was unethical and was reprimanded by many about it including President Obama.

    The situation has become worse because of the war of choice which was invading Iraq. By invading Iraq we ignored Afghanistan from where the fiends came to kill 3000 innocent people at the WTC.

    We let Afghansitan become the biggest producer of heroine which is sold on American streets which in return helps buy weapons for the terrorists to kill Americans and other international soldiers. Our Kids are getting addicted by this all around the world and many kill or die because of this.

    All this happened because the real war was ignored and another country was invaded for no rhymes and reasons.

    The Suicide rate is mind boggling for the soldiers who come back from war zone. Many suicides take place in the war zones and are not reported as such.

    Following is the report on suicides from Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Havard

    Nieman Reports | Probing the High Suicide Rate Among Soldiers in Iraq

    As far as Major Hasan not wanting to be deployed to Afghanistan, the reasons have to be investigated thoroughly. If the justification is that he did not want to involve himself in a place where Muslims are killed by Americans,although he is a psychiatrist who does not have to fight and kill Muslims, then is does not hold water and is an unfounded excuse because the Muslims have been killing each other since the creation of Islam.

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    I think media used word Muslim because before shooting he shouted Allah hu Akbar .If anywhere in world a sikh shouts Jo bole so nihal sat sri akal and start killing people then
    Word sikh is also going to be used
     
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    And Allah hu Akbar is what is said before a ritual killing - whether it is to butcher meat in the halal style or in battle when striking down the enemy. I have read that many of those wearing body-bombs will say Allah hu Akbar just before pulling the pin.
     

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