Wednesday, December 09, 2015
LA TIMES: A report Thursday 12/10/2015, revealed that Syed Farook may have had ties to a group of now-convicted terrorists, including Arifeen Gojali, based in Riverside CA, where Farook lived. Farook was allegedly plotting an attack on an unknown location in 2012 but scuttled the plan after the arrests of three men in California and a terror ringleader in Afghanistan in November 2012. Citing two U.S. law enforcement officials, CNN reported Thursday that Farook “had ties” to one of the men, Sohiel Kabir, a terrorist recruiter who was apprehended in Afghanistan. Farook was in Kabir’s “social circle.” Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, of Pomona and Ralph Kenneth Deleon, 25, of Ontario faced five counts of conspiracy, including plans to provide support to overseas terrorist groups, commit terrorist acts overseas and receive Al Qaeda training. Prosecutors allege that Kabir, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Afghanistan, persuaded Deleon, a Filipino citizen and legal resident of the United States, and two other men to travel to Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban and later join Al Qaeda. The other men, Miguel Alejandro Santana, 23, of Upland and Arifeen David Gojali, 23, of Riverside, are scheduled to testify against the remaining two defendants, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Deleon, Santana and Gojali were arrested in November 2012 as they prepared to leave Riverside California to rendezvous with Kabir, who had relocated to Afghanistan. Kabir was seized by American soldiers in Afghanistan and returned to the United States to face charges.
Tashfeen Malik Was a ‘Saudi Girl’ Who Stood Out at a Pakistani University. Malik’s time as a pharmacy student at the Multan university, starting in 2007. From 2007 to at least 2012, Ms. Malik studied in Multan, the main city in southern Punjab, famed for its sparkling religious shrines that mark it as a historical center of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam. She enrolled in a two-year course at Al-Huda to learn the Muslim holy book, Quran, its translation and interpretation but did not finish the course. Malik was a student there from April 17, 2013 until May 3, 2014, when she handed in her last paper in the first-year curriculum, the spokeswoman said. Pakistani authorities have also been looking into Malik’s time in Multan. Police and intelligence agents have searched the house where she lived on two occasions since Friday. Shabana Saif, a counterterrorism official, said intelligence agents seized documents, family photo albums and a laptop belonging to Malik’s sister, Shahida, who was studying engineering at a Pakistani college. It is not clear whether the house, which has been sealed, was owned by Tashfeen or her father. Malik and her American-born husband Syed Farook (Farouq) were killed in a shootout with police hours after they opened fire with assault rifles on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues last Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people. The FBI said Friday that it is investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism. If the massacre was inspired by Islamic extremism (Al-Qaeda), it would be the deadliest such attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorist attack.
In a 2011 English-language video, Adam Gadahn, the American militant from Riverside CA who became a senior adviser to Osama Bin Laden and was one of al-Qaida’s leading propagandists before he was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan earlier this year, urged supporters living in the West to take action in their own countries against “Zionists and crusaders” and specifically made note of how easy it is to obtain guns in America (like Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook). The White House announced that Adam Gadahn, 36, was killed in January 2015 in a U.S. government counterterrorism operation. Neither he nor Ahmed Farouq — another U.S. citizen and al Qaeda operative who died in what the White House said was “likely a separate” operation — was specifically targeted, according to the statement, yeah right.
The U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that killed two al Qaeda hostages earlier this year also left a senior leader of the global terrorist network dead, the White House said. U.S. officials said Ahmed Farouq an American citizen died in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January 2015. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing that Farouq was a U.S. citizen and a senior leader in the al Qaeda branch in South Asia. Farouq was installed as the deputy leader of AQIS when the new group was announced last September. He previously served as an Al Qaeda spokesman in Pakistan, the group said. It had not previously been reported that Ahmed Farouq was a U.S. citizen. A former spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Azam Tariq, told The Associated Press that Ahmed Farouq had played “a very important role in the war against America.” Ahmed Farooq was American by circumstance. He was born in Brooklyn NY between 1979 and 1981, while his father, Raja Ehsan Aziz, who lived in the United States for seven years, was a graduate student at Columbia University. A Washington Post reporter suggests he was born in 1979 or 1980, but Pakistani government records state he was born in 1981.
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