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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In another grim reminder of the rising terror attacks in USA, a gunman opened fired on two military facilities at Chattanooga, Tennesse.

Four marines were killed in the attack, the US Navy said. The gunman identified as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was also shot dead.

“The gunman had numerous weapons and among those ‘brutally and brazenly attacked’ were members of the armed services,” Police chief Fred Fletcher said.

Officials at the news conference said that the shooting began at about 10:45 a.m. at one recruiting center on Lee Highway-inn and ended about 30 minutes later at the facility on Amnicola Highway, where all of the deaths occurred.

Photographs of the Amnicola facility showed the windows riddled with bullet holes.

“The federal investigators would take the lead on the case and the investigation would determine how the crime should be labeled,” said United States attorney Bill Killian.

Chattanooga, one of Tennesse’s largest cities, was unnerved by the attack as the Chattanooga State Community College posted an alert on its website that urged people on its main campus to remain inside and to close doors. Lee University, another university near Chattanooga, ordered a temporary lock down.

The mayor of Chattanooga, Andy Berke, later said a number of others had been wounded in the episode, including at least one police officer.

In the nearby suburb of Cleveland, Bradley Square Mall also said it had initiated a lock down, but the mall’s management said that local media reports of gunfire were inaccurate.

“There have been no shots fired at Bradley Square Mall and the lockdown was ‘a safety precaution’,” the mall’s Facebook page said.

In the meanwhile, the White House said that the president had been briefed by his national security staff on the Chattanooga shooting, and would continue to get updates as warranted.

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Haspel, Trump’s Choice For CIA Director, Withdraws Her Name

Taken aback at her stance, senior White House aides, including legislative affairs head Marc Short and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, rushed to meet Haspel at her office late Friday afternoon.

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Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the CIA, has offered to withdraw her nomination after some White House officials raised concerns about her ability to get confirmed, the media reported.

Haspel told the White House she was interested in stepping aside if it avoided the spectacle of a brutal confirmation hearing on Wednesday and potential damage to the Central Intelligence Agency’s reputation and her own, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

She was summoned to the White House on Friday for a meeting on her history in the CIA’s controversial interrogation programme – which employed techniques such as waterboarding that are widely seen as torture – and signaled that she was going to withdraw her nomination.

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA, has offered to withdraw her nomination after some White House officials raised concerns about her ability to get confirmed, the media reported.
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She then returned to CIA headquarters, informed officials told The Washington Post.

Taken aback at her stance, senior White House aides, including legislative affairs head Marc Short and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, rushed to meet Haspel at her office late Friday afternoon.

Haspel, who serves as the CIA’s deputy director and has spent 33 years in the agency, most of it undercover, faces some opposition in Congress because of her connection to the interrogation programme, which was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

In 2002, Haspel oversaw a secret CIA detention facility in Thailand, where one Al Qaeda suspect was waterboarded.

Three years later, Haspel was involved in the CIA’s destruction of nearly 100 videotapes that recorded the detainees’ interrogations, launching an investigation by a special prosecutor who ultimately decided not to bring charges against those involved.

An administration official told The Washington Post that the nomination remains on track.

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“There is a hearing prep session today, courtesy calls with senators Monday and Tuesday, and classified materials will be delivered to Senate security so senators can read the real record instead of relying on gossip and unfounded smears,” the official added.

A CIA spokesperson told CNN on Sunday: “There has been a fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks. Those who know the true Gina Haspel — who worked with her, who served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russia and countless other threats to our nation — they almost uniformly support her.

“When the American people finally have a chance to see the true Gina Haspel on Wednesday, they will understand why she is so admired and why she is and will be a great leader for this Agency.” (IANS)