Any wonder why he might have been inspired to go to Syria to fight with ISIS? Mother wears a niqab, not just a veil, but a niqab. And according to anti-political Islam Canadian Muslim Tarek Fatah, the fact the father has a beard but no mustache is a "dead give away." Fatah tweeted:
"Anytime u see a Muslim with long beard & moustache shaved off @Swiftie01 chances r fella is radical Anti-West, prime candidate for jihad."
He lived with his quite obviously religiously conservative Muslim parents Zarine Khan and Shafi Ullah Khan in Bolingbrook, a suburb of Chicago. Shared a room with a younger brother. Purchased a $4,000 ticket to Istanbul, Turkey. Not sure where a 19-year-old would get $4,000 plus cash for a hotel room and a bus ticket to Syrian/Turkish border towns. And none of the family knew what he was planning?
He allegedly left the following letter for his parents:
"FIRST and FOREMOST, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO NOT TELL THE AUTHORITIES For if this were to happen it will jeopardize not only the safety of us but our family as well."He also asked his parents and siblings to "join me in the Islamic State."
I think that would be a grand idea.
Sources: Chicago Tribune, USA Today