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Monday, 13 June 2016

Predictable, but is it true? ISIS reportedly claims responsibility for Orlando shooting via RT

Amaq News, a Syrian news agency with close ties to the Islamic State, says the group is responsible for the attack on an Orlando gay club, which has killed 50 people, and left 53 injured.

"The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said.

The shooting, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, was carried out by Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim US citizen, who was brought up by a family of first-generation Afghan immigrants.

Earlier, Mateen's father, Mir Seddique, claimed the incident had "nothing to do with religion," and speculated that it was caused by his son's dislike of public displays of homosexuality.

But US security sources told various news outlets that Mateen had been investigated in 2013, and 2014, over alleged social media threats, but that no charges had been brought forward, due to lack of evidence.

FBI officials on the scene also said they suspected Mateen of "radical leanings" but did not rule out any explanation for the murder spree at this point. 

Comment: Amaq regularly releases Daesh propaganda. Question: who is behind Amaq? Daesh has rich foreign sponsors, some more overt than others. Remember this: ISIS Twitter Accounts Traced to British Government. Amaq also claimed, without evidence, that the San Bernardino attacks were ISIS-inspired. There's nothing to stop them from claiming responsibility for attacks that were not connected to them in any substantial way. Also, it's possible for them to claim attacks carried out with the help of their state sponsors, i.e., intel and security agencies like the CIA and FBI in the States. Consider the updates about Mateen's past involvement with the FBI:

FBI first became aware of Mateen in 2013, when he made derogatory and inflammatory comments to his co-workers, alleging possible terrorist ties, an FBI official told journalists during the briefing. The FBI interviewed him twice in 2013 but was unable to verify the substance of his comments.
After the FBI dismissed their 2013 and 2014 interviews with Orlando shooter Omar Mateen as "inconclusive," the Bureau interviewed him again later about his contacts with Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the first US citizen to carry out a suicide bombing in Syria, AFP reported.

"We determined the contact was minimal and did not constitute a substantive relationship or a threat at that time," FBI Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters.
Omar Mateen was acting alone, an FBI official said during the press briefing, adding that the investigators are not looking for any second suspect.
A more likely scenario: the FBI set him free, knowing he was an easy mark to be manipulated, like so many other FBI dupes and patsies, after which they kept close tabs on him, perhaps even pushing him towards carrying out an attack, which is standard operating procedure for the FBI. Only this time, they didn't jump in as heroes and "save the day". Further reading:

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