Father of California shooter says son 'agreed with Islamic State ideology': report

Published: December 7, 2015


ROME: The father of Syed Farook, who with his wife shot dead 14 people in San Bernardino, California, says his son approved the ideas of the Islamic State group and was fixated with Israel, the Italian daily La Stampa reported Sunday.

“He said he agreed with (IS chief Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi’s ideas for creating the Islamic State, and he was obsessed by Israel,” La Stampa quoted the father of the shooter, also named Syed Farook, as saying.

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“I always used to say to him, be calm, patience, in two years’ time Israel will no longer exist,” he said, in remarks reported in Italian.

“Geopolitics are changing: Russia, China, America too, nobody wants Jews over there. They will put them all in Ukraine. Why bother fighting them? We did that before, and we lost,” the 67-year-old said.

“But he didn’t want to know. He was obsessed” by the idea of fighting Israel, Farook was quoted as saying.

The younger Farook, 28, and his Pakistani-born wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, mowed down people at a social services centre in San Bernardino on Wednesday, killing 14 and wounding 21. They were then shot dead by police.

The IS group — also called ISIL or Daesh — hailed the couple as “soldiers” of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

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Wednesday’s massacre, if proven to be terror-related, would be the deadliest such assault on American soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The older Farook, who arrived in the United States from Pakistan in 1972, said that, as a teenager, his son “didn’t go to parties with his friends, saying that a good Muslim can only see his wife dance”.

He said he “once” saw his son “with a pistol” and got angry with him about it.

Asked by La Stampa whether the son had been in contact with “terrorists outside the country”, the father said he didn’t know.

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US investigators say they are examining a Facebook posting in which Malik is believed to have pledged allegiance to IS chief al-Baghdadi, made around the time of the attack.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Stranger
    Dec 7, 2015 - 11:51AM

    I am beginning to like Donald TRUMP. He said he wont touch anything for existing muslims but will introduce new strict sanctions for new coming ones. Recommend

  • James
    Dec 7, 2015 - 12:06PM

    Arrest the father…….who holds the same mentality as his son..Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Dec 7, 2015 - 4:25PM

    We thought he is from a broken family and had hard upbringing, how come his father now come forward and say nonsense when he failed to raise his son properly?

    How would killing some random citizens will defeat Israel? rather it will create problems for Muslims! and he should have known better that ISIL ISIS has never attacked Israel or will attack Israel!

    But again these are twisted mind idiots who fall for any crap! and such fathers dont help either!Recommend

  • Ayati
    Dec 7, 2015 - 4:38PM

    This father thinks that Israel will stop existing in two years. No wonder his son is such a low life. Mind you, large percentage of Pakistanis think the same. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Dec 7, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Crazy runs in the family.Recommend

  • SRK
    Dec 7, 2015 - 5:13PM

    @James : News for you … all of ‘them’ have the same mentality … hope that does not scare you.Recommend

  • Asok
    Dec 8, 2015 - 12:43AM

    @James, we don’t arrest people for having bad ideas in the US.

    But, you are right. Father is an enabler, and is in no way a moderate.Recommend

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