IS claim of latest US gun massacre caps year of danger signs

A woman with a sign showing the American flag made of guns attends a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015 for victims of the shooting that left 14 dead and at least 17 injuredThe Islamic State group’s claim to have inspired this week’s San Bernardino massacre raises the question of what kind of threat it poses after a year which has seen record numbers of alleged jihadists arrested in the United States. Much is unclear about the motivation of the young Muslim couple who allegedly attacked the husband’s co-workers at a workplace holiday party in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, killing 14. This came as a surprise to many as the nondescript target was not a symbolic site and the couple — recent parents Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29 — are not thought to have been on any watch list.

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