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San Bernardino Shooting Suspects Profile: Everything We Know So Far!

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Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, injured 21 others in the deadly attack (San Bernardino shooting) on Wednesday — before authorities gunned them down in a shootout the same day.

What we know — and don’t know — about the duo.

The father of San Bernardino suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, 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.

“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.”

USA Today noted shortly before the attack began, Malik posted to Facebook a pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State, according to the FBI.

According to CNN, Tashfeen Malik made a public declaration of loyalty to ISIS while the attack was underway. Three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation said she posted to Facebook a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Facebook said it took the post down because it violated community standards that prohibit the promotion of terrorism or the glorification of violence. It declined to go into details about the nature of the post.

Farook was born in Illinois to Pakistani parents and raised in California. He made two trips to Saudi Arabia.

The first visit was in 2013 for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetimes.

The second time, he went to marry Malik, whom he’d met through an online dating service, family attorney Mohammad Abuershaid said.

The FBI said he went to Pakistan as well, but the family attorneys denied that.

Malik, 29, was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to Saudi Arabia around the ages of 18 or 20, the attorney said.

She came to the United States on a fiancée visa and became a legal permanent resident.

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A federal official said Farook has “overseas communications and associations,” but it’s unclear how relevant they are to the shootings.

“We don’t know yet what they mean,” the official said.

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