ISIS Continues to Push Claim that the Las Vegas Shooter was One of Theirs

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ISIS continues to argue that the Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a soldier of the Islamic State.

Last week we discussed ISIS’ odd fascination with claiming this attack, without then providing any evidence to support their claims.

The New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi is an expert on ISIS and she went back and combed throughout their years in operation and only found 3 other cases where ISIS claimed an attack that probably wasn’t theirs to claim.

You can see the Twitter thread where she lays out her argument on why we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss ISIS’ claims here.

To make matters even more cloudy, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo is on record as saying he doesn’t believe that Paddock could have pulled this off on his own.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he believed that Paddock could not have been working alone. While Lombardo did not mention any terrorist groups, if ISIS claims are legitimate, it would fit Lombardo’s theory as to how Paddock could have gotten so many munitions, explosives, and “electronic devices.”

However, at this time, neither the FBI or ISIS have presented any proof that Paddock had become a terrorist operative.

Lombardo also spent a moment last week wondering if the shooter could have been radicalized without authorities realizing it.

Some of the on-scene officers finally broke their silence and told the media what they found when they entered Paddock’s hotel room.

We also learned that Paddock had traveled to the Middle East earlier this past year.

Stephen Paddock visited the Middle East on a cruise within the last year, a police source has said.

The anonymous official confirmed the gunman had travelled on a dozen voyages over the past few years — one of which was to the region.

Police had earlier dismissed three claims by Middle Eastern terror group ISIS that Paddock carried out the attack on its behalf after converting to Islam six months ago.

But an anonymous police source last night told Associated Press that investigators are closely analysing the cruises he took in the years leading up to the massacre.

Among popular cruise destinations in the Middle East are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Oman, the Jordanian port of Aqaba, Bahrain, Qatar and a number of Egyptian ports.

Again, all of this continues to unfold without any known evidence that ISIS is actually connected to the attack.

But the lack of support hasn’t stopped ISIS from claiming their role in the shooting.

ISIS’s Amaq news agency, said: “The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition (in Iraq).” 

In a later statement from ISIS, the militant group referred to the Las Vegas attacker by the name of “Abu Abd al-Bar al-Ameriki”.

Hopefully, we’ll learn the truth soon.

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

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