Nidal Malik Hasan

Jordanian-American army officer; convict

Nidal Malik Hasan (born September 8, 1970) is a former United States Army Major and psychiatrist.[1] On 5 November 2009 he entered the Soldier's Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. He fired approximately 100 rounds at soldiers in the center.[1] Hasan admitted to the shootings at his court-martial in August 2013.[2] The jury convicted him of 45 counts (crimes) of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder.[2] One count each for the 13 unarmed soldiers he killed and one count for each of the 32 people he shot at.[2] On 28 August 2013 the same military court sentenced Hasan to death.[3] He is in prison at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[4] Hasan is awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts.[5]

Nidal Malik Hasan in 2007.

Hasan was born in Arlington County, Virginia.[6] His Palestinian parents immigrated to the United States.[7] The shooting was believed to have been bought on by his Islamic religious radicalism. Before the shooting, he communicated with the late American-Yemeni Islamic militant, Anwar al-Awlaki.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jerome P. Bjelopera, et al., American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat ([Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 2011), p. 80
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Manny Fernandez (August 23, 2013). "Military Jury Convicts Army Psychiatrist on All 45 Counts in Fort Hood Rampage". The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  3. Molly Hennessy-Fiske (August 28, 2013). "Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sentenced to death for Ft. Hood shooting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  4. "Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood Shooter, Forcibly Shaved In Prison"., Inc. September 3, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  5. "Army adds charges against rampage suspect". MSNBC. December 2, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  6. "Biography of Nidal Hasan, suspect in shooting at Fort Hood". The Washington Post Company. November 7, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  7. "Profile: Major Nidal Malik Hasan". BBC. November 12, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2014.

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