After ISIS claimed the Las Vegas attack as one of their own they have now released a new edition of Naba, their weekly newsletter. It's pretty gruesome, as you can see. The cover depicts the Mandalay Bay Casino drenched in blood. They are now claiming the shooter converted 6 months ago. Just to refresh your memory, ISIS previously said the shooter converted "months ago." But now they're specifically saying it was 6 months.
There's still no proof provided to support this claim but, according to NBC News' Rukmini Callimichi, ISIS has rarely claimed attacks that were not done by either their one of their members or sympathizers.
In their chat-rooms [they use an app called "Telegram"] they are claiming that the West and the media is leading a cover-up in order to hide the "martyrdom" of their brother. Does this prove anything? Technically no. So far, zero evidence tying this attack to ISIS has emerged.
However on Twitter NBC News' Rukmini Callimichi explained why she's not dismissing these claims completely:
"I've been covering ISIS since 2014 and since then I have kept a timeline. Every time ISIS claimed an attack in West, I jotted it down and a month later I'd go back over list & annotated what the investigation found. My list is not complete but of the more than 50 cases I have annotated, I could only find 3 false claims. Yes, the group frequently exaggerates death tolls & yes, they inflate & distort details, but the crux of the claim is typically correct. The thing to understand is ISIS considers an attack to be their handiwork if the attacker is sent by them or if he is inspired by them."
She also says she doesn't buy the argument that they are now "opportunistically" claiming attacks to deflect from the massive battlefield losses they're enduring in Iraq and Syria. Here's why...
"Beyond the attacks they've claimed, there are many more they could have claimed but didn't. These are attacks where we know it was them. Remember the Thalys train shouting? They never claimed it. Attacker shared a hotel room with Abdlehamid Abaaoud, the leader of the Paris attack. Remember the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels? Attacker was 1 of ISIS' jailers who held European hostages. Yet they never claimed it. Do you remember the devastating attack on the Istanbul airport last year? Investigation determined it was ISIS. Again they did not claim it. And 1 day before Vegas on Saturday, a guy who'd placed ISIS flag on his car's dashboard used it to ram police. Did ISIS claim it? Nope. Does this mean ISIS had a role in Vegas? There is as yet zero evidence of that. My point: This group has been more right than its been wrong."
All that being said, here's the big question: Have any reporters asked the brother or other family members if he converted? We'd love a straight answer on this one.