They haven’t managed to come up with a picture of her yet but evidence has emerged that Tashfeen Malik, one of the two individuals to whom the murders in San Bernardino are being attributed, pledged allegianace to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
One of the two people involved in the San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, the clearest indication yet that this was an act of terrorism, according to two law enforcement officials.
The officials said Tashfeen Malik, 27, the Pakistani wife of the other shooter, made the statement on a Facebook page. It’s not immediately clear when she posted the declaration referring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the terrorist group that says it has established a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
When news of the attack was first reported, my immediate reaction was that it was either a game or a rehearsal. Subsequent events, if only the sheer volume of weapons and matériel recovered from the couple’s home, have lent some weight to the idea that attacks of a very different sort were being planned which suddenly transmogrified into shooting up an office Christmas party. Some are suggesting that a certain level of volatility should be expected of someone who’s planning a terrorist attack but I don’t know that.