From Tennessee to Times Square, Military Recruiting Centers Prove Easy Targets

By Michael E. Miller July 17

Mohammad Youssef Abdul­azeez may have wanted to die, but he nonetheless appeared to have planned his last acts carefully — particularly the target for his hatred.

On Thursday morning, the 24-year-old swung a silver Ford Mustang convertible into one of Chattanooga’s many strip malls.

This one, however, was different. Between an Italian restaurant and a cellphone shop hung a neon sign emblazoned with the American flag. Beneath it, window upon window advertised every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. To the left, an Army soldier was portrayed patrolling some desert country. To the right, the glass was etched with the insignia of the Marines. And in the middle stood a phrase that seemed to encapsulate them all: “Heroes Don’t Brag.”

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