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June 12, 2016

Orlando Terror Attack News Links Roundup [Y-not]

In case you're just waking up, there was an attack on an Orlando night club early this morning:

He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN. Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau.

Reports are still somewhat confused, but what is not in doubt is that innocent Americans who were doing nothing more provocative than partying inside a club have been murdered. Please respect that tragic fact and pray for the victims and their loved ones.

Excerpted from Mark 4 : 3 - 20

A sower went out to sow...

And these [seeds] are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.

News round up below the fold (usual caveats about early reporting apply):


Link to the coverage at the Orlando Sentinel.

Some possible context:

Do follow the link to her thread on Twitter.

**Update:

The gist of Callimachi's early investigative reporting, which she gleaned through Islamist and jihadist sources, is the following (excerpted from her Twitter feed):

"If it is the Islamic State, what we can expect is that it will be claimed within 1-2 days on one of their official Telegram channels.

What bears noting is the timing, occurring in the holy month of Ramadan, which has historically been when ISIS & al-Qaeda ramp up attacks.

He [Y-not: She is referring to a Jihadist source here] argues that acts of terror carried out during Ramadan will bring greater rewards and he makes 2 arguments meant to incite Lone Wolves"

End update.**

What can you do? They need blood donations:

Join me in praying for the victims of terror everywhere and for the people whose lives were stolen early this morning.

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