Orlando Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen's Father Hosted Pro-Taliban TV Show From Los Angeles

  • by: Alan Duke

The father of the man who massacred 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub is the host of a Los Angeles-based TV show that promotes the an uprising against Pakistan by Afghan people.

CBS News reports the "Durand Jirga Show" is primarily aimed at "ethnic Pashtun Afghans living in the U.S. and Europe."

Seddique Mir Mateen "has well-known anti-American views and is an ideological supporter of the Afghan Taliban, which the U.S. fought and ousted from power in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks carried out and planned by by the Taliban-supported Al Qaeda terror group, according to CBS.

President Obama said Monday there was no clear evidence that Mateen's attack was directed by ISIS or any other entity. The 29-year-old New York native, whose parents are Afghan immigrants, was apparently inspired by extremist information found online.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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