Fort Hood shooter asks to join Islamic terror group

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Nathan Salant
The U.S. Army psychiatrist who murdered 13 people at a Texas military base in a 2009 rampage wants to join ISIS, the Islamic militant group currently terrorizing northern Iraq and western Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before address...
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before addressing a memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 10, 2009, a few days after 13 soldiers were killed and 38 wounded when an Army officer opened fire at a base processing center.
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Nadal Hasan, the Army major awaiting execution at the military detention facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., wrote a letter to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking to join the movement to establish an Islamic state in northern Iraq and western Syria.
ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; the group has shortened its name to Islamic State.
"The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate," Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, told Cable News Network (CNN).
"He wrote it in the last few weeks," Galligan said.
The two-page letter requests citizenship in the new country, which still is a matter of contention with the United States, U.S. allies and other countries in the region.
"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State," Hasan says in the letter, CNN said.
"It would be an honor for any believers to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers," Hasan's letter continues.
Hasan was sentenced to death by a military court for the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, which Hasan said he carried out due to "adequate provocation" by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
Hasan did not offer any further defense to the charges against him at trial.
U.S. authorities said Hasan committed the attack because he was due to be sent to Afghanistan and objected to being asked to fight other Muslims.