While progressives continue to tiptoe around the motivations of New York area bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, his childhood friend can confirm it was almost certainly religion.
A man who described himself as a childhood friend of the 28-year-old busted today in connection with this weekend’s New York-area bombings told the Herald the suspect made a life-changing trip to Afghanistan two years ago.
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“At one point he left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious,” friend Flee Jones, 27, said of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. “And it was shocking. I’m trying to understand what’s going on. I’ve never seen him like this.”
Police this morning released a photo of Rahami, an Afghan immigrant and U.S. citizen, wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a Manhattan neighborhood and a New Jersey shore town. Rahami was taken into custody after a gunfight in nearby Linden today at 11:20 a.m.
Meanwhile, the White House does not even have the courage to call the string of tri-state area bombings an act of terror, much less an act of Islamic terror.
The United States will never eliminate the threat of Islamic terror until its leaders have the courage to call it out by name.