FORT HOOD (July 27, 2013)—Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan, who’s awaiting court-martial in the deadly November 2009 shooting rampage on post, says in a statement released to Fox News that the U.S. is at war with Islam and that he regrets his service in the Army.
“My complicity was on behalf of a government that openly acknowledges that it would hate for the law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land," Hasan said in the statement released to Fox.
He then asks rhetorically whether that amounts to a war on Islam, and then replies, "You bet it is.”
"I participated in it.”
“I would like to begin by repenting to Almighty Allah and apologize to the (Mujahedeen), the believers, and the innocent. I ask for their forgiveness and their prayers. I ask for their forgiveness for participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims, their religion and their lands,” he said in the statement.
Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009 rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center.
His court-martial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 6 and if convicted he could be sentenced to death.
Hasan is serving as his own attorney and in that role has spoken more often during pre-trial hearings or jury selection.
Fox News reported that he didn't directly address the shooting in the statement.