CHATTANOOGA MUSLIM TERRORIST, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, downloaded recordings from Anwar al-Awlaki, the American Muslim cleric who was a recruiter for al-Qaeda

Apparently, Abdulazeez also was an admirer of Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Muslim terrorist, now on death row for killing 13 American servicemen and women and wounding 31. After all, they had a lot in common – they were both Muslims.


NBC News (h/t Susan K)  Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the MUSLIM gunman who killed four Marines and a Navy sailor last week in Tennessee, had downloaded audio recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-Yemeni cleric who was a recruiter for al Qaeda, law enforcement officials told NBC News.  The MUSLIM terrorist also had CDs of al-Awlaki’s sermons, the officials said. Al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen in 2011. 


A law enforcement official also told NBC News that Abdulazeez’s MUSLIM uncle in Jordan is believed to be “radical” and officials are investigating whether he influenced Abdulazeez when he was living there. Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan from April to November 2014. 

Abdulazeez’s MUSLIM family said Tuesday that the uncle is not radical as was described. They said the uncle, 40, is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kuwait, and is a business owner in Jordan who moved to that country in 2010 to help take care of his parents.


The MUSLIM uncle has been detained in Jordan since the day after the attack, a lawyer there told The Associated Press. Computers and phones were taken from the man’s home, but he has not been charged, the lawyer said. 

The law enforcement officials told NBC News that investigators are looking into whether at least two MUSLIM acquaintances in Tennessee knew of Abdulazeez’s plans in the months before the attack.