An ISIS-affiliated media group issued new statements today praising Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen as a “lion of the caliphate” and a “hero” for slaughtering 49 “infidels” — and calling on other lone jihadis to follow his example.
The Obama administration has confirmed that Mateen was consuming ISIS propaganda online before he opened fire at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning and called 911 to swear fidelity to ISIS.
“As we know all too well, terrorist groups like ISIL have called on people around the world and here in the United States to attack innocent civilians. Their propaganda, their videos, their postings are pervasive and more easily accessible than we want,” President Obama said after a National Security Council meeting in Washington this morning. “This individual appears to have absorbed some of that and during his killing spree, the shooter in Orlando pledged allegiance to ISIL.”
“An attacker, as we saw in Orlando, only has to succeed once,” the president added.