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Fmr CIA Officer: San Bernardino Shooting Resembles Middle East Attacks

Speaking on CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett Wednesday, former CIA case officer Robert Baer said the most “disturbing” aspect of the deadly San Bernardino shooting is that it was carried out using tactics that are employed in the Middle East.

“What I don’t like about this shooting is multiple shooters… IEDs… I say this very reluctantly, but this has the hallmarks of the sort of attacks you see in the Middle East,” Baer said.

Former FBI special agent Robert Chacon agreed with Baer’s assertions later on in the show.

The shooting began around 11 a.m. Pacific time when several suspects opened fire at a conference center where a holiday party was reportedly being held. One suspect was killed and another is at large. There are 14 reported deaths so far and 14 injured victims.

Pipe bombs were also found in the area around the six-block radius of the 1300 block of S. Waterman, where the shooting took place. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Rich Serrano, federal authorities have also theorized that one gunman was at the event earlier in the day to make sure a specific target was there, then returned.

One of the guests on Burnett’s show said the shooting reminded her of the Paris attacks in January, where the Kouachi brothers opened fire on members of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, noting that they similarly did not have a plan to escape.

Meanwhile, Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) sympathizers took to social media on Wednesday praising the brutal attacks with the hashtag #America_Burning:

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