Paddock a 'soldier' who converted to Islam months ago, claims Isil

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 7, 2017

Agency spokesman Jonathan Liu says US intelligence agencies are aware of the claim of responsibility.

However, officials' hesitancy to use the word terrorism to describe Sunday's attack has, as Aaron Blake wrote in the Washington Post on Monday, reignited a debate about whether or not Paddock, who was white, is being given "the benefit of the doubt in a way that simply isn't afforded to Muslims who commit such acts".

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the worst mass shooting in USA history.

Claims of responsibility for terror attacks by the Islamic State group were once seen as credible, but in the wake of the Las Vegas atrocity, experts stress that the retreating jihadists are increasingly spreading fake news.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb made the same point on Tuesday, saying the group "tended to claim every attack" in order to "maintain a presence in the media space".

"As this event unfolds, we have determined, to this point, no connection with an worldwide terrorist group", said Special Agent Aaron Rouse, the top administrator of the Las Vegas FBI division, during an October 2 press conference.

On Monday, it put out a second statement claiming serial gambler Stephen Paddock had recently converted to Islam and was known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdel Bar al-Amriki.

Intelligence gathering with a global reach would not be necessary for a domestic lone wolf case - the leading theory of the Las Vegas shooting investigation. "We don't know what his belief system was at this time".

Paddock booked rooms next to other music festivals in the months before Sunday's attack, including overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September.

Paddock, from Mesquite, Nevada, apparently killed himself as police closed in on his hotel room.

The announcement comes after Daesh claimed responsibility for the shooting that that is considered to be the biggest incident of the kind in United States history.

McVeigh was convicted not of terrorism, but of using a weapon of mass destruction and of murder for the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers who died in the blast, which killed a total of 168 people. Then American president Barack Obama called it "an act of terror and an act of hate". Veryan Khan, editorial director and founder of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC), added that the attack was not just a terror attack, but specifically an ISIS one, "at the very minimum sanctioned - if not directed - by the Islamic State". "We want to identify that source".

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