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FBI has yet to rule if July 16 shooting was an act of terrorism

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A published report on WashingtonPost.com Friday says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has still not determined of the July 16 attack in Chattanooga was an act of terrorism.

That decision is costing the survivors' families since the award of a Purple Heart has additional financial benefits for the families.

In late July, Representative Chuck Fleischmann introduced a resolution to award the Purple Heart to the five servicemen.

The five members of the U.S. military slain that day were Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40; Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35; Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist; Lance Cpl. Squire D. “Skip” Wells, 21; and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26.

The gunman, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, was killed in the resulting shootout with Chattanooga police.

This news comes as the FBI says they are reporting the recent San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead and dozens wounded.

The suspects in the California attack, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik were killed after the massacre. Subsequent investigation showed the pair had thousands of rounds of ammunition and several pipe bombs in their arsenal.

Friday, it was revealed that Malik had pledged her allegiance to an ISIS leader via Facebook.

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