Photo Credit: courtesy, Orlando Police Dept.
SWAT team vehicle deployed at Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida.

The worst shooting attack in the history of the United States came after call to Muslims by ISIS official Abu Mohammed al Adnani, urging a “month of hurt” in America and in Europe.

In the wee hours of Sunday, a gunman armed with an assault weapon and a handgun walked into the Pulse Orlando nightclub in downtown Orlando, Florida and shot to death 50 people, wounding 53 more. He held 30 people hostage for at least three more hours until an Orlando police SWAT team finally stormed the building and freed the captives, killing the terrorist in the process.

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But the scene for that Florida nightmare was set at least a month earlier, when the spokesperson for Islamic State told the terror group’s supporters in an internet audio recording: “The smallest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the largest action by us, and more effective and more damaging to them.” The message, released by ISIS on May 21, was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Adnani continued in the statement: “And if one of you wishes and tries hard to reach the Islamic State, then one of us wishes to be in your place to hurt the Crusaders day and night without sleeping, and terrorize them so that the neighbor fears his neighbor.”

In this way, ISIS (also known as Da’esh) is nurturing and building homegrown terror networks around the world, thus encouraging those who live “abroad” to launch attacks locally ‘as their religious duty.’

According to CNN, Adnani is believed to have been the ISIS official tasked with command responsibilities over the attacks that were carried out in Brussels and Paris.

The raised level of intensity in the call for action, however, also signifies the desperation with which the group views its current status in Syria and Iraq. ISIS is beginning to lose ground in those areas due to the gradual gains made by the U.S.-led coalition forces and also by Russian air strikes on their positions in Syria.

New York Police Department officials have raised the alert level in the Big Apple in response to the events that took place over the weekend, as did Los Angeles police, who arrested and took into custody a heavily armed suspect when he appeared to be intent upon targeting a local “gay pride” parade.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Islam must either change, or suffer extinction.

    People do not realize it — But we have been in WWIII for twenty years or more, now. And this is the Armageddon of the Christian and the Muslim Apocalypse.

    Islam is only just yawning, and stretching, and warming itself up, as Islam wakes up, upon the Final Dawn.

    Ten more years, if mankind does not change. Then, the whole world will see the Sign in the Sky.

    Every citizen must arm, and learn to shoot. The police arrived "within the hour" in Orlando; they stormed the building three hours after the attack started. When I was a child, the first two cops on the scene, would have gone right in there. But, no more.

    You cannot count on a donut-eater saving you, if he is more than a bite and a swallow away. You are all on your own…

    And the Army takes even longer. Yes, you are all on your own — And the swarm of locusts, is coming across your borders.

    Arm yourselves.

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