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Investigators study Jordan trip by gunman in Marine slayings

Posted by Matti Miranda on July 17, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Originally published on Washington Post on July 16, 2015 by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Greg Miller and Brian Murphy.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Investigators pored over the foreign travel records of the gunman whose apparent anti-military rampage left four Marines dead, saying Friday that he visited Jordan and Kuwait though it remained unclear if he had any contacts with militants abroad.

The visit last year to Jordan, a long-standing U.S. ally, raised no red flags at the time with American counterterrorism officials. But it is now under scrutiny as authorities try to assemble a portrait of the mass shooter, 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdul­azeez.

While no clear motive has been established for Thursday’s bloodshed in Chattanooga, federal investigators sought to determine if Abdulazeez had any ties to radical Islamist groups or whether he acted independently during a half-hour spree of violence that ended when he was killed during a gun battle with police.

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