The Truth Behind Islamic State’s False Claim About Las Vegas Shooting

The W Las Vegas displays a message for Sunday night's mass shooting.

The FBI has denied the claim from the Islamic State terrorist group on the horrific shooting attack in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The investigation has found that the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, has no connection with the international Islamic terrorist network. However, there are some particular reasons behind the claim.

One of the possible reasons is the psychological warfare. The Islamic terrorist group wanted to use the incident to strike fear among Americans and the western world that they hate so much. The SITE Intelligence Group, which has been monitoring the Islamic jihad terrorist network since 2002, reported that the claim from ISIS only motivated other Islamic jihadists to launch a series of threatening posters in English.

Four months ago, the Islamic Jihad terrorist network threatened to attack the Las Vegas strip. However, they were unsuccessful in recruiting any jihadists to execute it. Therefore, when a lonesome and lunatic Paddock made his shooting spree from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, ISIS immediately seized the opportunity to make the claim.

Furthermore, the Islamic State terrorist group also made up a story. They said the 64-year-old retired accountant from Lockheed Martin converted to Islam several months ago. The Islamic terrorist group also invented an Islamic name for Paddock, Abu Bakar Al Amriki. However, according to FBI official, there is no evidence regarding Paddock’s relationship with the international Islamic terrorist network.

“We have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group.”

Police officers stand at the scene of the mass shooting in the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

For the past several weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has actively claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in America and Europe. They have to do it because they have been losing ground in the Middle East. The Islamic terrorist group also vigorously recruited sympathizers of the Islamic jihad through social media. Although many perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks have shown evidence of Islamization and radicalization, Stephen Paddock is not one of them.

The ISIS-influenced perpetrators usually work alone and kill themselves after launching the attack from a close range. However, Paddock initiated a shooting spree from a very long distance, the 32nd floor of the hotel across the Las Vegas strip.

In the Islamic teaching, killing the infidels is clearly instructed in the Koran, and some instructions in many passages are explained in detail. One of the passages even mentions decapitating the infidels, which makes a close-range attack the preferred method for the Islamic terrorists.

It is very unlikely for Paddock to have such connection with the Islamic State terrorists. Furthermore, his brother Eric said that he had no religious or political affiliations. He just loves to gamble, as he lived in Mesquite, 74 miles away from Las Vegas. He usually drove to Las Vegas to gamble a huge amount of money. While in the Islamic teaching, gambling is strictly prohibited, thus invalidating ISIS’s claim regarding Paddock.

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