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Father of Orlando massacre suspect Omar Mateen supports Taliban on his TV show

The father of Orlando massacre suspect Omar Mateen is an Afghan television personality who holds strong political views, including support for the Afghan Taliban.

Seddique Mateen, who has also been referred to as Mir Seddique in news reports, hosts the Durand Jirga Show on a television channel called Payam-e Afghan, which broadcasts from California. In it, the elder Mateen speaks in the Dari language on a variety of political subjects.

Dozens of videos are posted on a channel under Seddique Mateen's name on YouTube. A phone number and post office box that are displayed on the show were traced back to the Mateen home in Florida. Mateen also owns a religious nonprofit organization under the name Durand Jirga, which is registered in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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