CNN’s Dozier: TN Shooter ‘Had Issues With Being Singled Out for Being Muslim’

CNN Global Affairs Analyst Kimberly Dozier said that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez “had issues with being singled out for being Muslim” on Friday’s “Wolf.”

Dozier stated, “Well, US officials have been telling me, ‘Stop thinking about these people who follow ISIS, al Qaeda, or AQAP as having a specific allegiance to one specific group.’ They say they could be admirers of all of them. When you look at some of the blog posts, which haven’t been definitively proven to belong to Abdulazeez, but they are carefully talking about Islam in general terms, and following jihad in an active way. They talk about the followers of Mohammed taking up arms, and actually bringing about the caliphate on the ground. So, he’s left us clues to what might have been motivating him. Also, look back to his yearbook posts, when he talked about his name causing national security alerts. This is a kid that from a young age has had issues with being singled out for being Muslim, and if your dad had been on an FBI terrorist watch list, and had been questioned by the FBI, you can bet that that was a subject of household discussion that stayed with him.”

Later, Dozier declared, “What worries me is that — how this will be perceived by the public, though, is a Muslim militant attack. And I’m already seeing among friends in the national security community, a rising sense of anti-Islamic sentiment. I’m worried that that will feed into more attacks like this, and undercut the efforts to reach out to the American Muslim community, and include them, rather than make them feel isolated, as it seems this young man felt.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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