Why ISIS claims responsibility for attacks it didn't commit

ISIS threats to US

Islamic State issued a statement through its Amaq news agency claiming responsibility for the shooting, saying that the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.

Experts say the recent false claims are a reflection of the group's desperation to project strength and remain in the news as something other than a terrorist group on the wane.

Isis has claimed that the gunman who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas converted to Islam several months ago. The group later released Spanish language versions of these statements.

In a later statement from Islamic State, the militant group referred to the Las Vegas attacker by a nom de guerre of "Abu Abd al-Bar al-Ameriki".

He killed himself after the shooting.

"Even the weapons he used in this assault were purchased with Islamic State funds", al-Maqdisi claimed, without offering any proof and despite Paddock's reportedly being financially fluid enough to have purchased the weapons himself. There was reason to believe that Paddock had a history of psychological problems, one official said. The U.S. authorities have not given any information about his religious background.


Trump called the shooter "a sick man, a demented man", in an address from the White House in reaction to the attack on Monday, and did not mention ISIS or radical Islamism. At least 500 people were injured in the shooting.

The extremist organisation has suffered a string of major setbacks in Iraq and Syria, where it has lost much of the territory it once claimed as part of a self-styled Islamic caliphate.

Isis was also linked to a vehicle and knife attack in Edmonton, Canada, where a police officer found a flag used by the group in the perpetrator's auto.

However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called on its supporters to carry out attacks in Western nations.

According to Bloomberg, the last historical mass shooting in the US before the tragic event that took place on Sunday, happened at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. "It will become a news agency that was once reliable, and now associates itself indiscriminately with heavily armed people in casinos".

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