Criminal complaint illuminates San Bernardino gunman’s ties to Islamic militarism – Los Angeles Times

Syed Rizwan Farook‘s Riverside home was a storage locker of twisted inspiration.

It was there that he studied the magazine published by Al Qaeda that explained how to blow up a crowd of people and spent his days absorbed in conversation about Islamic extremism with his friend Enrique Marquez Jr.

It was there, too, that Farook — who, along with his wife, killed 14 people in San Bernardino this month — watched videos produced by a terrorist cell in Somalia.

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Details about Farook’s links to radical Islamic ideology came into clearer focus Thursday in a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors against Marquez, his former next-door neighbor in Riverside. The 37-page document provides a fuller picture about the Dec. 2 attack and shows that Farook was attracted to teachings about violent Islamic militarism several years before he married Tashfeen Malik.


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