Foreign Policy

Fort Hood Shooter Malik Hasan 'Mortified' About Going to War

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President Barack Obama called it "horrifying" and U.S. House lawmakers paused for a moment of silence for those who were killed in a shooting rampage Thursday at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.

According to reports, Maj. Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old military mental health doctor, opened fire at the base killing as many as 12 people and wounding 31 others.

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Born and raised in Virginia and the son of a Palestinian immigrant, Hasan apparently joined the U.S. Army after high school against his parents’ wishes. The New York Times says Hasan started having second thoughts about joining the military a few years ago after other soldiers harassed him for being a Muslim.