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Orlando Terrorist Posted Chilling Messages on Facebook During Attack

Even though congressmen like Democratic Rep. Clyburn insist the mass shooting in Orlando is not about ISIS, but rather about guns in America, terrorist Omar Mateen’s final messages on Facebook during the attack tell a different story.

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“I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Mateen wrote in one post early Sunday morning, according to Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson. “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” …“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”

Mateen’s social media accounts were taken down before they could be widely viewed by the public, but Johnson’s committee investigators have uncovered some or all of them. The senator has also written a letter to Facebook executives expressing concern about Mateen’s postings and asking for more information on his activities.

“It is my understanding that Omar Mateen used Facebook before and during the attack to search for and post terrorism-related content,” read Johnson’s letter. “According to information obtained by my staff, five Facebook accounts were apparently associated with Omar Mateen.”

The posts uncovered by Johnson’s committee shed light on Mateen’s actions in the hours that followed his 2 a.m. raid on the nightclub. Mateen, armed with a Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle and a handgun, shot his way past an off-duty cop and sprayed bullets throughout the club, which was packed with more than 300 revelers when he arrived.

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Mateen also used his Facebook account to search for media reports about the attack he was carrying out, looking up terms like “Pulse Orlando” and “shooting.” Additionally, he made 16 phone calls during the attack, according to the FBI.

His last post, however, was particularly chilling.

“In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa,” he wrote.  

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