A man identified as an American ISIS fighter praised the Orlando nightclub gunman and urged more attacks on the U.S. in a video released by the terror group on Sunday – exactly one week after Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 people inside a Florida nightclub.
During Mateen’s massacre, which also wounded 53 people, he called a 911 operator to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The terror group quickly claimed credit for the attack; however, officials have said there was no direct guidance from the jihadist organization. Rather, it is believed Mateen was only inspired by ISIS to carry out his assault on Pulse, a gay nightclub.
But in the new video, identified by the non-governmental counterterrorism organization SITE, the American fighter urges other Muslims to be inspired by Mateen’s actions.
“Omar Mateen, one of the soldiers of the [caliphate], was one of the few that was truthful to his lord,” Abu Isma’il Al-Amriki says. “While having prepared his weapons and taken steps, while having trust and reliance upon Allah, it is through his hand that Allah punished his enemies.”
Al-Amriki, which translates to “The American,” speaks in English and appears in a desert setting dressed in military-style fatigues and holding a rifle. Arabic music plays quietly as he speaks and Arabic subtitles are featured on the bottom of the screen. The video was released by ISIS’ branch in western Iraq, according to SITE.
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