Omar Mateen described himself as ‘Islamic soldier’ in 911 calls
The Orlando killer described himself as an “Islamic soldier” out to avenge the US war on the Islamic State, according to excerpts from his phone conversations with police during the 12 June massacre.
To show progress in its investigation, the FBI on Monday released a timeline and partial transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub.
It withheld both the full transcript and the audio of the call itself, as investigators are said to be looking with skepticism at Mateen’s claim of allegiance to Isis.
The speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, contested this decision, accusing the FBI of “selective editing” to downplay Mateen’s pledge to Isis.
“The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”
In the excerpts, whose contents took place during the killing spree, Mateen pledges fealty to an unnamed group widely understood to be Isis. The US war on Isis in Iraq and Syria motivated him to be “out here right now”, he says.