The father of San Bernardino suspect Syed Rizwan Farook told an Italian newspaper that his son expressed support for the Islamic State group and was obsessed with Israel.
The father, who is also named Syed Farook, told La Stampa that his son took on an overly conservative outlook on Islam and at least once expressed support for ideas promoted by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIL or ISIS.
“He said he shared the ideology of al-Baghdadi to create an Islamic state, and he was obsessed with Israel,” the father told a reporter in an interview outside the home of this other son, Syed Raheel Farook, in Corona, Calif.
The father said he counseled his son to be patient because, he said, in time political changes in the Middle East will accomplish his desires.
“I kept telling him always: stay calm, be patient, in two years Israel will no longer exist,” the elder Farook told the newspaper. “Geopolitics is changing: Russia, China, America too, nobody wants the Jews there.”
But Syed Rizwan Farook was not dissuaded, the father said.
The FBI said it is investigating contacts that Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, had with other suspected radicals before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, embarked on Wednesday’s shooting rampage that killed 14 people and injured 21 others at a holiday gathering for San Bernardino County health department employees, where Farook worked.
“Rizwan was the mama’s boy, and she is very religious like him,” he said. “Once we had a dispute about the historical figure of Jesus, my son yelled that I was an unbeliever and decided that marriage with my wife had to end.”
The mother and father should be arrested…then deported.
ABC reports this:
Caught up in the investigation’s widening net as well is the Farook’s 66-year-old father, also named Syed Farook, who has been placed on a federal terrorist watch list, according to an official with direct knowledge of the case. The official told ABC News authorities are investigating the elder Farook’s multiple trips to his native Pakistan, including lengthy trips this year and last year.
“The FBI has identified him [the younger Farook] as a known terrorist,” the official said. “He’s dead. But he is now known as a terrorist. His father is an immediate family member who spent extended periods of time in Pakistan. He’s watch listed.”
And where is that third shooter, the suspect that was in the vehicle with the two dead jihadis? And the GoPro Camera footage? And the missing hard drive? Who is in charge?