Jan 13, 2020

Barr says shooting at Pensacola Navy base was an "act of terrorism"

Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station that killed three service members last month was an "act of terrorism" and that the Saudi gunman was determined to have been "motivated by jihadist ideology" following a criminal investigation.

The big picture: The attack, perpetrated by a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force enrolled in a training program at the base, prompted a review that led the military to expel more than a dozen Saudi trainees, per CNN. Though none were have found to have aided the gunman in the Pensacola incident, some were found to have connections to extremist movements.

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Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting: What we know so far

The Pensacola Naval Air Station main gate, Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Josh Brasted/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr concluded that last month's shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station was an "act of terrorism."

What we know: A gunman identified as Mohammed Alshamrani opened fire at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, killing three before he was killed by a sheriff’s deputy, per AP. Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was attending a pilot training program at the base.

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Trump rips into Apple for refusing "to unlock phones used by killers"

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President Trump attacked Apple on Tuesday, recommending the technology company unlock the iPhones used by "killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements."

What he's saying: "We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues,” a Trump tweet read. "They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!"

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Khashoggi's fiancée to attend Trump's State of the Union

Hatice Cengiz speaks during an exclusive interview in the U.S. on May 18, 2019. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) announced Monday that he's taking researcher Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as his guest to this week's State of the Union.

Driving the news: It's an attempt to press President Trump to step up action against Saudi Arabia for its role in his death. A CIA report concluded in November 2018 that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's killing. The prince denies doing so.

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