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ISIS Releases Newsletter – Claims Cover Up of Mandalay Bay Shooting

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Almost one week out from the Mandalay Bay shooting, we still don’t know the motives of Stephen Paddock.  Initially, the FBI brushed off ISIS claims, but now the NY Times ISIS expert is not so sure.

Mandalay Bay is on the cover of Naba, the ISIS newsletter.  The picture shows the hotel drenched in blood.  Moreover, ISIS message boards are saying this is all a cover-up.

Rukmini Callamachi explained her change of heart at length on Twitter.

Here are her tweets accompanied with pictures.

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 mos ago. Below is the @siteintelgroup translation. ISIS earlier said shooter converted “months ago.” Now they’re saying it was 6 mos 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 chatrooms, 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, 0 evidence tying this attack to ISIS 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.

Everytime ISIS claimed an attack in West, I jotted it down. Month later, I’ve gone back over list & annotated what investigation 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 argument that they are now opportunistically claiming attacks to deflect from battlefield losses is as follows

Remember the Thalys train shouting? They never claimed it. Attacker shared a hotel room with Abdlehamid Abaaoud, leader of Paris attack.

Remember the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels? Attacker was 1 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. Again they did not claim.

And 1 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 0 evidence of that. My point: This group has been more right than its been wrong.
Given ISIS’ insistence, I’m with @AmarAmarasingam: Have any reporters asked Paddock’s brother and other family members if he converted?

As we search for an answer, various conspiracy theories have come out.  Could it be that the simplest answer is the true explanation?

Based on these new insights, do you think it’s possible that this was ISIS?  Comment below.

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1 Comment

  1. Dennis

    October 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    How about an FBI false flag, ISIS involved, sting operation gone bad.

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