ISIS Triples Down On Vegas Shooter Claims: Claims Paddock "Converted Six Months Ago"

ISIS has tripled-down on its claim that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was both a convert to Islam and operating on its behalf in its just published edition of its weekly Naba newsletter. The Islamic State propaganda newsletter features infographs and new specific claims concerning Paddock, who the terror group identifies according to the Muslim name, Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki (or Abu Abdul Barr "The American").

Whereas ISIS media statements initially said Paddock converted "months ago" the new publication now claims he converted six months ago. Minutes after the newsletter was issued, counter-terror analysts focused on the specificity of that particular new information. Thus far investigators have failed to uncover or make public a motive for the mass attack which left 59 dead and over 500 wounded in the deadliest shooting in American history. 

Assuming that FBI and police investigators are truly coming up short on motive or ties to terrorism, a main perplexing oddity that stands out is the clearly immense amount of prepping and planning that went into the attack combined with the seemingly non-existent public messaging left behind by the shooter. According to Max Abrams, counter-terror expert and professor of international relations at Northeastern University, little about the attack currently makes sense, as inexplicably "the killer went to very elaborate efforts to kill the maximum number of strangers for no apparent reason." 

Although ISIS has repeatedly claimed credit for the shooting in the days after the attack, both his brother and authorities have dismissed the possibility. He had "no religious affiliation, no political affiliation," Eric Paddock said in an interview, adding: "He just hung out."

Yet ISIS' latest claims in its Naba newsletter are giving pause to some analysts who have been monitoring the group's multiple publications since their foundations. 

Below is the newest ISIS infograph released as part of the publication with translation underneath:

SITE Intel Group's translation of the above ISIS infograph is as follows:

Las Vegas Invasion

 

Monday, 12 Muharram 1439H

 

A soldier from the soldiers of the Caliphate targeted a large gathering of 22,000 Americans at a concert in the city of Las Vegas, including nearly 600 killed and wounded

 

The executor of the operation, Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki [al-Amriki = “The American”], 64-years old, converted to Islam 6 months ago

 

Method of Execution

 

The brother Abu Abdul Barr stationed himself for the invasion on the 32nd floor of a hotel overlooking a concert, and opened fire continuously on the crowds using 23 guns and more than 2000 rounds, and died, may Allah accept him, after exhausting his ammunition

 

Results of the Operation

 

59 killed

 

527 wounded

 

Panic and confusion of security in America and a number of European countries

Some analysts are pointing to the surprising fact that ISIS has throughout the past years been fairly consistent and disciplined with its claims. They argue that the terror group's tripling down on prominently publicizing and claiming Paddock should give investigators serious pause to consider. 

One of the more convincing arguments is from Rukmini Callimachi, the New York Times special correspondent covering ISIS, who seems to have changed her mind on the issue based on ISIS' latest publication. In a interview with NPR on Tuesday, she agreed with the interviewer who dismissed that ISIS could have actually been behind the attack, but now seems to have changed her mind, saying that it's wrong to reject the ISIS claims out of hand, but that there are significant reasons for believing it. 

Callimachi issued her commentary in a lengthy tweet thread captured below, and her argument for not preemptively rejecting the theory is convincing

"After ISIS claimed Vegas, I was waiting for them to release Naba, their weekly newsletter, to see if anything new emerged. Naba is out: Under a picture of the Mandalay Bay drenched in blood they rehash the attack, new info: They are now claiming shooter converted 6 months ago while ISIS earlier said shooter converted "months ago." Now they're saying it was 6 months specifically. No proof is provided, but ISIS has rarely claimed attacks that were not by either their members or sympathizers. ISIS members meanwhile are pointing out that after ISIS downed Metrojet over Sinai, no one believed them: In their chat rooms, they are claiming that the West and the media is leading a cover-up in order to hide the "martyrdom" of their brother. 

 

I don't take ISIS' claim at face value, and so far, there's zero evidence tying this attack to ISIS which has emerged. But here's why I disagree with those rejecting it out of hand: I've been covering ISIS since 2014 and since then I have kept a timeline. Every time ISIS claimed an attack in West, I jotted it down, and I've gone back over the list & annotated what subsequent investigations found. My list is not complete but of the more than 50 cases I have annotated, I could only find 3 false claims. Yes, the group frequently exaggerates death tolls & yes, they inflate & distort details, but the crux of the claim is typically correct. The thing to understand is ISIS considers an attack to be their handiwork if the attacker is sent by them or if he is inspired by them.

 

The reason I don't buy the argument that they are now opportunistically claiming attacks to deflect from battlefield losses is as follows: Beyond the attacks they've claimed, there are many more they could have claimed but didn't. These are attacks where we know it was them: remember the Thalys train shooting? They never claimed it though the attacker shared a hotel room with Abdlehamid Abaaoud, leader of Paris attack. Remember the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels? Attacker was one of ISIS' jailers who held European hostages, yet they never claimed. Do you remember the devastating attack on the Istanbul airport last year? Investigation determined it was ISIS, but again they did not claim. And one day before Vegas on Saturday, a guy who'd placed ISIS flag on his car's dashboard used it to ram police. Did ISIS claim it? Nope.

 

Does this mean ISIS had a role in Vegas? There is as yet zero evidence of that. My point: This group has been more right than its been wrong."

Comments

zzmop 07564111 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:48 Permalink

Truthstream media on youtube has a video in which they talk about an anonymous poster on 4 chan back on 9/11 saying gov. looking for mass casualties in order to push  backscatter devices in public. The poster also  said "they" were looking at Las Vegas. As always lots of people of Jewish backgrounds involved. If you really want to  laugh somewhere in their archives there is a video  about the DNC convention before the election. It is hillarious and unbelievable. What they didn't tell us on MSM.

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D-REGZ MANvsMACHINE Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

While we're at it maybe we can convince the good Senator to hand over the video from inside/outside the shooter's hotel room. That is still one of the things that smells like shit to me, guy goes through the whole meticulous process of planning this thing, for months even, then fucking forgets to record, give me a motherfuckin break.

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Buckaroo Banzai 07564111 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

But what about the kill teams carrying full-auto Glock 17s (technically these are called a Glock 18, but they are virtually indistinguishable from the semiauto Glock 17), equipped with 33-round magazines, working the crowd on the concert grounds?Fast forward to 2:20 and pay careful attention to the bottom left of the frame:https://youtu.be/JpsqirFRdToFreeze frames:Here you see two members of the kill team--apparently disguised as security guards--move into the bottom left of the frame, crouch down, bring their weapons up, and prepare to shoot. You can clearly see the long, 33-round "happy stick" magazine of the Glock 18 under one shooter's arm:https://i.imgur.com/IaZLfA3.pngHere, the two shooters open fire on the crowd:https://i.imgur.com/V3RMZ9I.pngHere, the third member of the kill team (who is just out of frame to the left), turns on his tactical light (you can see it illuminating the back of the second kill team member), thus blinding anybody who looks in their direction:https://i.imgur.com/ltTn9ed.png 

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chunga chumbawamba Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:56 Permalink

I dunno, I think I'd seen another upload of that video and the behavior of the guys in the vest is peculiar. Youtube is blocking videos but people are downloading them and uploading them again so they keep popping up.What was strange was the vest guys were crouching down but that could have been reflexive from gunfire but the others in the area didn't duck down the same way they did. Another strange thing was if the vest guys were shooting at people, the people off to the right didn't react to it at all.As much as I'm conditioned to not believe "official" stories I'm trying my best not to succumb to seeing shit that ain't there.

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mkkby the artist Thu, 10/05/2017 - 21:02 Permalink

Where does ISIS end and the CIA begin? They probably aren't sure themselves.

This vegas prick was political. You don't kill lots of strangers unless you think you are in a war. He was either antifa or isis. I'm going with anifa because he's a white beta male with an ugly asian "wife", and he seems to be a bernie pussy hat male feminist.

The FBI says not terrorism, which means DEFINITELY TERRORISM. The cops and the media always hide leftists hypocrisy, therefore I'm almost positive this is antifa.

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Elvis is Alive DetectiveStern Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:13 Permalink

I agree. I think the FBI or ATF or some other brain dead three letter bureaucratic agency tried to pull a fast and furious type deal to sell terrorists guns and "track" them in an attempt to be heroes. The terrorists figured it out, killed this millionaire patsy selling them the guns and then opened fire on the crowd. Why else would there be so many guns? We aren't seeing any of the hotel's video feeds of who went in and out of the room, and I don't think we ever will.There was also a good you tube video showing how there was two different types of gun fire and how people had no idea where the gunfire was coming from.  The "silencer" on an automatic weapon is used to distract from where the actual gunfire is coming from; it really doesn't silence anything.  So you have the hotel guns being fired in part IMO as a distraction but the real damage being done by other shooters closer by.I just don't get how the FBI dismisses that this wasn't ISIS so quickly. That they did so tells me that this was ISIS and the FBI is lying. Of all the three letter agencies (ATF, DEA, CIA, NSA), I thought the FBI was the least sleazy, but I don't anymore. They seem to be just as bad as the rest. 

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Cluster_Frak Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:10 Permalink

The day of reckoning is fast approaching. It's just a matter of time before truth leaks: grassy knoll, 9-11, who really runs ISIS.That day all will unite against the gubermint and roll out the guillotine. Just wait for apiss off government pensioner who did not receive their fair shareN since the pension plan is insolvent.