More Saudi Personnel Expelled from U.S. Military Training
Investigation details to be announced within days
Over a dozen Saudi military personnel who are in the U.S. for training are being expelled. The action follows an investigation into a shooting rampage that occurred at a Florida military base that killed three American service members. Eight others were wounded in the December 6 attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
While those being expelled are not being accused of conspiring with the 21-year-old member of the Saudi Air Force who did the shooting, some were found to have connections to extremist groups and others were found in possession of child porn.
Following the December attack, the Pentagon immediately began securing government and commercial databases in a search for red flags on those Saudi nationals in the U.S. for military training. This was done with the full security cooperation of Saudi Arabia.
Further developments will be announced in a few days.
- For Pentagon leaders and others who are continuing to investigate the vetting of foreign students who train at U.S. military bases.
- For the safety of American military personnel, whether stationed at home or abroad.