Pentagon halts military training for Saudi Arabian personnel in U.S.
Training operations for all Saudi military personnel in the U.S. has been stopped until further notice in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The decision will ground more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students, according to Reuters, which first reported the change. Infantry personnel and all other Saudi training will stop, with the exception of classroom work, such as English-language classes. The Department of Defense has not announced how long the ban will remain in place.
In all, some 850 visiting Saudis will be impacted.
Saudi Air Force Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, opened fire at NAS Pensacola last Friday, killing Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21. Alshamrani was killed by deputies at the scene.
Authorities said the gunman started training in the U.S. in 2017 and was in Pensacola for the past 18 months.
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