Was The Orlando Terrorist A Lone Wolf Or Part Of ISIS? Here's What They Said
Terrorism struck America again early Sunday morning when Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50 before being gunned down himself by police. Was this the domestic terrorism act of a lone wolf or part of ISIS' larger war with America and the non-Muslim world?
After focusing heavily on blaming guns for the massacre, Obama said there's no indication that Mateen was associated with a larger network for extremists, according to the Jerusalem Post. He also said that Mateen was inspired by "various extremists" on the internet.
However, as the New York Times reports, police negotiating with Mateen, who was holding hostages in the night club bathroom, say Mateen verbally pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The Boston Globe also reports that ISIS itself on one of its media outlets claimed that Mateen was "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America."
Whether or not Mateen was specifically directed by ISIS to attack this particular night club, it seems clear that he has de facto membership and fully shares their ideology and motivation to kill those who don't accept radical Islam.
After hearing these statements, do you agree?