The fact that the Islamic State called for such an attack doesn’t mean that the attack last night was a jihad massacre. But no doubt Islamic State jihadis are celebrating.
“ISIS called for a lone wolf attack on the Las Vegas Strip in a chilling ‘call to arms’ video released in May,” MailOnline, October 2, 2017:
A propaganda video by ISIS that emerged in May called for a lone wolf attack on the Vegas Strip.
Police and counter-terrorism officials in Las Vegas were on high alert after the chilling 44-minute video emerged from the terror group urging followers to strike.
While it has not been confirmed that the attack on Vegas – which left twenty people dead and a hundred more injured in the early hours of this morning – are related, the video could have been a call to arms for a potential jihadst [sic].
The video the terrorist group that showed footage of Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio Hotel and other icons from the casino row on South Las Vegas Boulevard.
Though the footage has been determined to be from 2015, authorities deemed the threat credible – particularly in the wake of the Manchester Arena massacre, and as the then coming Memorial Day holiday weekend which was expected to bring big crowds to The Strip.
‘I think anytime somebody goes on the internet and makes a threat that they’re going to conduct a lone-wolf or any type of attack, it’s our responsibility to view it as a credible threat,’ Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Christopher Darcy, who heads the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
‘It would be irresponsible not to take any threat as credible, especially when made by a group such as ISIS, who has in fact carried out attacks in the past,’ Darcy said.
The terror propaganda video, released by ISIS on May 17, features extremist fighters from the US, Canada, the UK, Russia and Belgium, who call on Muslims living in the West to carry attacks on civilian targets.
The chilling ISIS threat video, unusually long for propaganda from the group, also features a man who appears to be American calling on lone wolf supporters to ‘liberate’ themselves and kill those who reject Islam by stabbing them, throwing them off buildings and driving cars into citizens.
As images of The Strip, as well as New York’s Times Square and Washington DC, flash across the screen, ISIS spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajir is heard urging lone wolf attacks in America, Russia and Europe, according to an analysis of the video by the Middle East Research Institute.
‘Know that our war with our enemy is an all out war and the interests of the enemy can be easily targeted,’ read English subtitles to the screed in Arabic.
‘Make sure they are preoccupied with their own safety, thus diverting their attention away from your Caliphate,’ Al-Hassan says.
The speech exhorting violence plays over a song by the German rapper Deso Dogg, whose real name is Denis Cuspert, a known ISIS militant….