The Terrorist Next Door

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON Syed Farook, Sr., a Pakistani immigrant, struggled to adapt to life in America with his family. Though he wore traditional Pakistani garb, he was not an observant Muslim, and he drove trucks for a living. He often had trouble paying the bills. The family filed for bankruptcy at one point and almost faced foreclosure for its home in Riverside, Calif. As the New York Times reported in December, he was also a drinker and an abusive father.

Syed, Jr., was, like his mother, more religious, referring to his father as “an unbeliever” during one theological dispute. When his father urged him to hang out with his friends more and perhaps dance with some girls, the younger Syed insisted that a good Muslim man only dances with his wife.

This past December in San Bernardino, Calif., Syed, Jr.—along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani immigrant he met online—killed 14 people at a training session and party for the county health department where he worked. They left their infant daughter with her grandmother, and the couple was later killed by police—after Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook. Unbeknownst to their neighbors, the couple, who mostly kept to themselves, had been hoarding rifles, handguns, 4,500 rounds of ammunition, and 19 pipe bombs at their suburban home.

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