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World Pensacola Shooting Rattles a Kingdom Struggling to Repair Its Image

04:25  08 december  2019
04:25  08 december  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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A gunman killed three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida before he was fatally shot by Since his father became king in 2015, Prince Mohammed has struggled to rebrand Saudi Arabia as And the kingdom is now on the cusp of selling shares of its oil monopoly, Saudi Aramco, an initial

A shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida left three dead and eight injured on The shooting shortly before 7 a.m. shook Pensacola , a city proud of its strong military history and Since his father became king in 2015, Prince Mohammed has struggled to rebrand Saudi Arabia as open to

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The shooting spanned two floors in a classroom, according to Sheriff David Morgan of Escambia Country. Two deputies were shot in the ensuing gun battle and are expected to recover. "I'm very concerned that the shooter in Pensacola was a foreign national training on a U.S. base.

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CAIRO—The deadly shooting by a Saudi Air Force aviation student at a U.S. military base presents the latest test for a monarchy struggling to repair its image in the West following a series of crises in recent years.

Mohammed Alshamrani used a handgun to open fire in a classroom Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola, officials said, killing at least three people and injuring eight. Investigators are searching for a motive in the shooting.

But some lawmakers have already called it terrorism, underscoring the challenge that Saudi Arabia faces in improving public opinion about its rulers, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the U.S. and Europe. The kingdom’s repression in recent years of activists and dissidents, including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, has evoked widespread international criticism. Its war in Yemen has been condemned by Congress.

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The shooting marks a setback in the kingdom 's efforts to shrug off its longstanding reputation for promoting religious extremism after the September "A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their US counterparts in battlefronts around the world

The shooting is being reviewed for any links to terrorism, though the FBI has not yet determined Tim Kinsella briefs members of the media following a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola , Fla Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement declaring its “deep distress” over the

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Now, the shooting has revived memories of the turbulent history between Washington and Riyadh since the Sept. 11 attacks—bringing more scrutiny to the kingdom, including its close military relationship with the U.S.

The shooting will also test the relationship between Prince Mohammed and President Trump, who has continued to voice support for the Saudi ruler, saying it was not clear whether the royal was involved in the Khashoggi killing, in spite of a C.I.A. assessment that concluded he likely ordered the killing.

The attacks resulted in pressure on Saudi Arabia to flush out religious extremism in a country where the monarchy has ruled for decades in an alliance with a hyper-conservative religious establishment.

Since 2001 the kingdom has deepened security cooperation with the U.S., fired thousands of preachers for refusing to renounce extremist views, and processed thousands of inmates through a government-sponsored deradicalization program.

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The shooting threatened to further strain U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, as it seeks to repair its image of being a global exporter of Islamic extremism. The kingdom is seeking to distance itself from the attacker. A man in a Jiddah coffee shop reads the daily Al-Madina newspaper fronted by a

President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Saudi Arabia's King Salman following a deadly shooting on a Pensacola , Florida naval base. Trump declined to call the shooting an act of terrorism, says "there will be a report and the report will come out very soon."

Prince Mohammed, who became heir to the throne in June 2017, has cast himself as a leader intent on confronting the religious establishment. He has implemented numerous reforms opposed by conservatives, such as granting women the right to drive and curbing the power of the country’s religious police.

The kingdom has been unable to shake the perception that its ultraconservative brand of religion fuels extremism. In one embarrassing incident in 2015, official Saudi textbooks appeared in schools run by Islamic State during the period when the terror group ruled parts of Iraq and Syria.

“The Saudis have come a long way in fighting extremism,” said Robert Jordan, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George W. Bush in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks. “They have a lot more they can do. There is still a toxic version of Islam that they endorse and its something that they’re actually spreading around the world.”

A vehicle drives by a tribute to victims of the Naval Air Station Pensacola that was freshly painted on what’s known as Graffiti Bridge in downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 7, 2019.© Brendan Farrington/AP Photo A vehicle drives by a tribute to victims of the Naval Air Station Pensacola that was freshly painted on what’s known as Graffiti Bridge in downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 7, 2019.

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The Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting was a mass shooting that occurred on December 6, 2019, at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola , Florida.

The attacker was killed when Escambia County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of an “active shooter ” at the base, just before 7am local time on The Saudi officer is one of many of international aviators currently training at NAS Pensacola , officials told reporters. The base is a major training site

Prince Mohammed has sought to portray himself as a reformer intent on relaxing social norms in an ultraconservative society while opening the country to foreign investment and diversifying its economy away from oil.

But his government has also used the fight against extremism as a guise to round up moderate and reformist critics of the government. One of the country’s foremost religious scholars and advocate of democratic reforms, Salman Al-Odah is currently facing the death penalty on terrorism charges that his family and rights groups say are false.

The shooting comes at a moment of heightened international scrutiny for Prince Mohammed’s government as it lists the shares of giant state oil company Saudi Aramco after a record initial public offering. Saudi Arabia is also preparing to host the Group of 20 Summit next year.

It threatens Saudi attempts to build good will in the U.S. and work with American companies to help drive Prince Mohammed’s social and economic transformation. The kingdom’s sovereign-wealth fund has become one of the most active investors in Silicon Valley via direct investments and its partnership with SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund.

One of the main goals of Saudi investments in the U.S. is to draw companies to the kingdom to set up operations and create jobs. The kingdom’s sovereign fund has invested in Uber Technologies Co., for example, with the ride-hailing app creating jobs for 150,000 Saudis.

The murder of Mr. Khashoggi already complicated Saudi efforts to partner with U.S. companies to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil. A bevy of would-be business deals in Silicon Valley and Hollywood collapsed after the killing.

The shooting comes as Saudi Arabia on Saturday hosts the $60 million world heavyweight boxing match between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua in Riyadh. Like Saudi Arabia’s investment in Silicon Valley, the kingdom has sought to use sport’s partnerships to anchor Prince Mohammed’s reform program.

Write to Jared Malsin at jared.malsin@wsj.com

All eight people injured in NAS Pensacola shooting released from hospital .
More than a week after the deadly shooting at NAS Pensacola, all eight of the people who were injured have been released from the hospital. Base officials confirmed Saturday that the last person who was hospitalized has since been discharged.The shooting Dec. 6 resulted in the deaths of four people — including the gunman, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force — and the wounding of eight others.Three young naval aviators were killed in the attack, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19; Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters,  21.© John Blackie/jblackie@pnj.

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