NEW YORK - The US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of Palestinians and the publication of blasphemous caricatures in Denmark contributed to Faisal Shahzads radicalisation, a New York Times investigative report said Sunday. The trials of his fellow Muslims weighed on him..., said the detailed report put together by a team of the newspapers reporters in Pakistan and the US trying to determine the reasons that led Shahzad, a scion of a well-to-do family Pakistani family, to make an attempt at detonating a bomb in New Yorks Times Square. The Times report said, Shahzad was wrestling with how to respond (to the suffering of Muslims). He understood the notion that Islam forbids the killing of innocents, he wrote (in a 2006 e-mail to his friends). But to those who insist only on 'peaceful protest, he posed a question: 'Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed? And a way to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows? Everyone knows how the Muslim country bows down to pressure from west. Everyone knows the kind of humiliation we are faced with around the globe, he said. Yet by some measures, Shahzad - a Pakistani immigrant who was then 26 years old - seemed to be thriving in the West. He worked as a financial analyst at Elizabeth Arden, the global cosmetics firm. He had just received his green card, making him a legal resident in the United States, the report said. The Times also said Shahzad wanted to fight in Afghanistan, alarming his father, a retired Vice Marshal in PAF, who sought help from friends to manage his son, a leading American newspaper has reported. During a visit to Pakistan in 2008, Shahzad gave perhaps the clearest indication yet that he was heading down a militant path, The Times said. He (Shahzad) asked his father (Bahar-ul-Haq) for permission to fight in Afghanistan, friends of the father and the relative recalled. Mr Haq denied the request and appealed to the friends for help in managing his son, the paper quoted them as saying. It also said that Shahzad began to have clashes with his father on his visits to home. Haq, who had long been wary of political Islam, found his sons evolution troubling, friends recalled in interviews. But the roots of Shahzads inclination to militancy appear to have sprouted long before, according to interviews with relatives, friends, classmates, neighbours, colleagues and government officials, as well as e-mail messages written by the 30-year-old naturalised American obtained by the paper. As Shahzad became more religious, starting around 2006, he was also turning away from the Pakistan of his youth, his friends recalled, distancing himself from the liberal, elite world of his father. In April 2009, the same month Shahzad got his United States citizenship, he sent an e-mail message to friends that foreshadowed his militant destiny. He criticised the views of a moderate Pakistani politician, writing, I bet when it comes to defending the lands, his opinion would be we should do dialogue. One of the recipients responded by asking Shahzad which sheikhs he followed, to which Shahzad replied, My sheikhs are in the field. A few months later, he abruptly quit his job and left for Pakistan, where, officials say, he was later trained in bomb-making by the Pakistani Taliban. But precisely what combination of influences political, religious and personal drove Shahzad to violence remain a mystery, even to those close to him. We all know these things, what the geopolitical problems are, said Shahzads father-in-law, M A Mian. But to go to this extreme, this is unbelievable, he said, adding: He has lovely children. Two really lovely children. As a father I would not be able to afford to lose my children.