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Saudi Servicemen Expelled from US Over Extremist Ties, Child Porn Possession

Follows investigation into shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida last month

 on 12th January 2020 @ 4.00pm
saudi servicemen have been expelled over alleged ties to extremist groups and possession of child porn © press
Saudi servicemen have been expelled over alleged ties to extremist groups and possession of child porn

Multiple reports have revealed that several Saudi Arabian service members, serving in the United States, have been expelled from the US over their alleged ties to Islamic extremist groups and possession of child pornography.

Over a dozen servicemen stationed at American military bases are set to be kicked out of the US and sent back to Saudi Arabia.

The move follows an investigation prompted by the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, last month, according to reports.

Some of the foreign military members are said to be accused of links to extremism and possessing obscene sexual material featuring children.

The Department of Justice is also expected to conclude that the Pensacola attack was an act of terrorism, CNN reported.

According to The Washington Post, the FBI has been investigating the case as possible terrorism since discovering writings by the gunman, who was killed by responding sheriff's deputies.

royal saudi air force 2nd lieutenant mohammed saeed alshamrani is accused of killing three people at a u s  navy base in pensacola © press
Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani is accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola

According to CNN, the Saudis are not accused of aiding the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors in the December shooting, two sources said, but some are said to have connections to extremist movements, according to a person familiar with the situation.

A number are also accused of possessing child pornography, according to a defense official and the person familiar with the situation.

Spokespeople for the FBI and Justice Department declined to comment.

About a dozen Saudi trainees at the Pensacola base had been confined to their quarters as the FBI investigated the shooting as a potential terror attack, and the Pentagon initiated a review of all Saudi military trainees in the country, numbering around 850 students.

Following the attack, about a dozen Saudi trainees were confined to their quarters in Pensacola as the FBI investigated the shooting as a possible terror attack and the Pentagon launched a review of some 850 Saudis undergoing training throughout the U.S., the report said.

"In the wake of the Pensacola tragedy, the Department of Defense restricted to classroom training programs foreign military students from Saudi Arabia while we conducted a review and enhancement of our foreign student vetting procedures," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Carver told Fox News.

"That training pause is still in place while we implement new screening and security measures."

CNN said its report was based on conversations with “multiple sources.”

Officials from the FBI and Justice Department would not comment. 

CNN said U.S. Navy officials referred questions to the Defense Department, which had not responded to the network.

The gunman, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was believed to have acted alone.

He is said to have become angered when an instructor at Pensacola referred to him as “Porn Stash,” comparing his mustache to that of a stereotype of an actor in pornography films, The New York Times reported.

the investigation was prompted by last month s shooting at naval air station pensacola in florida last month © press
The investigation was prompted by last month's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida last month

Meanwhile, the FBI has asked Apple for help in accessing data from a pair of iPhones owned by the gunman.

Investigators are hoping that data stored on the phone may help them learn more about a possible motive behind the killings.

Apple has previously resisted efforts by government authorities to access phone customers’ data, citing a company commitment to its customers’ privacy.

But Apple told Fox News it is cooperating in the Pensacola investigation.

“We have the greatest respect for law enforcement and have always worked cooperatively to help in their investigations," the Apple statement said.

"When the FBI requested information from us relating to this case a month ago we gave them all of the data in our possession and we will continue to support them with the data we have available.”

Following an unrelated attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015 that left 14 people dead, Apple denied an FBI request to access data on the shooter’s phone but was later ordered to comply through a judge’s order.

But by that time the FBI had already hired a different company for the job, USA Today reported.

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