Obama Orders Flags At Half-Staff After Chattanooga Military Killings

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities:

12:45 p.m.

The U.S. flag atop the White House is flying at half-staff in remembrance of five service members who were killed in last week’s Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting.

President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday to lower the flag, following similar moves at the U.S. Capitol and even by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The order also follows criticism of the White House.

U.S. flags flown at all public buildings and grounds, including military posts, will fly at half-staff until sunset Saturday.

Four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed during shootings by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez at two Tennessee military sites.

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11:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep doing everything in its power to protect American military members after last week’s killing of five troops in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Obama is speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh. He says the U.S. honors the four Marines and one sailor killed. He says the nation is drawing strength from Chattanooga as it sends an unmistakable message that the U.S. won’t give in to fear or attempts to change the American way of life.

Obama says the U.S. must remain vigilant in protecting the homeland. He says the details about the Chattanooga attack aren’t yet clear. But he says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida have encouraged attacks on U.S. soil, including against U.S. troops.

Obama says small terrorist cells and so-called “lone wolves” are hard to prevent.

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11:25 a.m.

A lawyer says an uncle of the shooter in last week’s killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack.

Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was barred from seeing his client and that family members were prevented from visiting. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Tennessee attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

The Tennessee shooter had spent several months in Jordan last year, and a Jordanian government official said Tuesday that some of Abdulazeez’ relatives in Jordan were being questioned as part of an investigation into his stay in the kingdom.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media, did not know if the uncle was in detention.

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Associated Press writer Karin Laub contributed to this report.

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7:24 a.m.

Qatar says the shooter in the killing of four Marines and a U.S. sailor in Tennessee last week transited through the Gulf state on his way back from a visit to Jordan but never set foot outside the airport.

Qatar’s government media office made the comments in a statement responding to questions from The Associated Press on Tuesday following news reports that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez had visited the country.

The statement says Abdulazeez changed planes Doha’s Hamad International Airport on his way to the United States in November 2014.

It adds that statements suggesting “Abdulazeez entered the State of Qatar are false.”

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By The Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities:

12:45 p.m.

The U.S. flag atop the White House is flying at half-staff in remembrance of five service members who were killed in last week’s Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting.

President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday to lower the flag, following similar moves at the U.S. Capitol and even by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The order also follows criticism of the White House.

U.S. flags flown at all public buildings and grounds, including military posts, will fly at half-staff until sunset Saturday.

Four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed during shootings by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez at two Tennessee military sites.

___

11:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep doing everything in its power to protect American military members after last week’s killing of five troops in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Obama is speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh. He says the U.S. honors the four Marines and one sailor killed. He says the nation is drawing strength from Chattanooga as it sends an unmistakable message that the U.S. won’t give in to fear or attempts to change the American way of life.

Obama says the U.S. must remain vigilant in protecting the homeland. He says the details about the Chattanooga attack aren’t yet clear. But he says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida have encouraged attacks on U.S. soil, including against U.S. troops.

Obama says small terrorist cells and so-called “lone wolves” are hard to prevent.

___

11:25 a.m.

A lawyer says an uncle of the shooter in last week’s killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack.

Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was barred from seeing his client and that family members were prevented from visiting. Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Tennessee attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

The Tennessee shooter had spent several months in Jordan last year, and a Jordanian government official said Tuesday that some of Abdulazeez’ relatives in Jordan were being questioned as part of an investigation into his stay in the kingdom.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media, did not know if the uncle was in detention.

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Associated Press writer Karin Laub contributed to this report.

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7:24 a.m.

Qatar says the shooter in the killing of four Marines and a U.S. sailor in Tennessee last week transited through the Gulf state on his way back from a visit to Jordan but never set foot outside the airport.

Qatar’s government media office made the comments in a statement responding to questions from The Associated Press on Tuesday following news reports that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez had visited the country.

The statement says Abdulazeez changed planes Doha’s Hamad International Airport on his way to the United States in November 2014.

It adds that statements suggesting “Abdulazeez entered the State of Qatar are false.”

Qatar has emerged as a major long-haul transit hub in the Middle East thanks to the rapid growth of government-backed Qatar Airways.

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Associated Press writers Adam Schreck and Karin Laub contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that the attorney’s name is Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb, not Abdel Qader al-Khatib. The uncle’s name is Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, not Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali.

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f government-backed Qatar Airways.

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Associated Press writers Adam Schreck and Karin Laub contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that the attorney’s name is Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb, not Abdel Qader al-Khatib. The uncle’s name is Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, not Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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