San Bernardino terrorist attacks shock the US

Tommy Callaghan, News Editor

Just as everything started to settle down after the Paris attacks, terror strikes again. Even though Los Angeles has been spared of major attacks from outside force for the past decades, the peace has been broken. The assault on a San Bernardino social services center last week by a U.S.-born Muslim man and his Pakistani wife was as unexpected as it could get.

While the attacks on December 4, 2015 were not as detrimental as those of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in 2001,but the effects are similar. Terrorism in the U.S. has been controlled to where it has become rather unnoticed in the United States. After this attack, Americans are now on edge. Now, not just in Southern California, but nationwide, there is a sense of fear that now runs through the nation.

Shortly after the attack took place, it was officially declared an act of terrorism by the FBI. Though husband and wife, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were not part of a terrorist group, and were declared as self-radicalized. This meant they could have been inspired by terrorist groups but not claimed by any.

The wife, Tashfeen Malik, had pledged her support to ISIS but that only resulted in Facebook deleting her account, as it was a violation of Facebook’s policies.

The couple also communicated over the phone frequently with a subject of suspicion. The FBI thinks that this subject was also one that supplied half of the couple’s arsenal.

This was a tragic event and the White House is doing everything to stop these terrorist attacks.

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