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The Orlando Massacre Shows How ISIS Outsources Terror

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A few bits of evidence have emerged that could be construed as supporting that theory: The Islamic State s faux news agency, Amaq, identified Mateen as a fighter for the organization, while Mateen himself reportedly pledged fealty to the group in a 911 call just moments before the attack.

Amaq Agency of ISIS reported from a source that gunman at PulseNighClubShooting in Orlando was ISIS fighter pic.twitter.com/rEZWsQbsno

— SITE Intel Group @siteintelgroup June 12, 2016

A casual observer might therefore conclude that the massacre was devised in Syria or Iraq, and that Mateen was in contact with Islamic State officials regarding his preparations—much like the young men who sowed horror in Paris last November.

As I wrote earlier this year, the Islamic State s media operation is focused not just on luring recruits to emigrate to the caliphate, but also on tapping into the psyches of twisted souls searching for meaning:

The most significant way in which the Islamic State has exhibited its media savviness has been through its embrace of openness.

It s easy to forget, but skyjackers commandeered nearly 160 commercial planes before metal detectors and X-ray machines became ubiquitous in airports.

Yet few had bona fide ties to those groups; they were, instead, people whose worldviews had been warped by personal crises, from run-ins with the law to romantic disappointments.

The jihadist theorist Abu Bakr Naji referred to this strategy as cultural annihilation —in essence, using terror to egg an enemy into myopically tearing apart its own social fabric.

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