U.S. at war with Islam, says Fort Hood suspect

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The U.S. Army psychiatrist awaiting court-martial for the deadly 2009 mass shooting on a Texas military base on Saturday said the “U.S. is at war with Islam” and that he “regrets” his service in the army. “My complicity was on behalf of a government that openly acknowledges that it would hate for the law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land,” Maj Nidal Malik Hasan said in a statement released to Fox News. Hasan, of Palestinian origin, also criticised U.S. policy in West Asia towards the Palestinians. Hasan (42), is charged with killing 13 people and injuring over 30 others in the November 5, 2009 attack at the Fort Hood army base and faces the death penalty. It is believed to be the first lengthy statement by him. His court martial begins on August 6. The judge recently ruled that he cannot argue as part of his defence that the shooting was an effort to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.— PTI



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