Orlando Shooter: ‘They Should Not Have Bombed and Killed’ ISIS Executioner

Melanie Arter | September 28, 2016 | 1:23pm EDT
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Orlando shooter Omar Mateen (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Orlando shooter Omar Mateen told Orlando police on June 12 that his shooting rampage was triggered by the fatal air strike on a senior ISIS leader who executed soldiers, policemen and civilians in propaganda videos.

"Yo, the air strike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago. That's what triggered it, okay?” Mateen said in a conversation with a police negotiator, according to a transcript released by the police and provided by the Free Beacon.

“They should have not bombed and killed Abu Wahid,” Mateen said. Then he ordered the negotiator to do his “homework and figure out who Abu Wahid is.”

Abu Wahib was “the notorious Islamic State military commander who was responsible for overrunning much of Anbar province in 2014,” according The Long War Journal. He “waged jihad with al Qaeda during the U.S. occupation and escaped from Iraqi prison in 2012 to rejoin the fight.” He also appeared in ISIS propaganda videos executing civilians, police, and soldiers, and refused to cover his face unlike most jihadists.

“Okay. Tell me what you want me to pass along. Because I can't sit here and do research. I want to pass along ‘Tell them to stop bombing in Syria,’” the negotiator said in response to Mateen’s first demand.

“Yes. The air strikes need to stop and stop collaborating with Russia. Okay?” Mateen said.

“And let it be known, let it be known in the next few days you're going to see more of this type of action going on, okay?” Mateen said.

When asked where that is going to happen, Mateen said, “It's none of your business. Just let it be known it's going to be done in the name of the Islamic State, even though it's not f***ing air strikes, it's f***ing strikes here, okay?” Mateen said.

“I understand that. I understand that. So tell me what happened tonight? How did this go down for you?” the negotiator asked.

“This went down, a lot of innocent women and children are getting killed in Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan, okay?” Mateen said.

“I understand that,” the negotiator said. “You're upset about the bombing in Syria and Afghanistan and you want the bombing and the killing to stop. I understand your concern. I share that concern. I want to pass your message along. Tell me what else you'd like me to pass along, please.”

“To stop, tell them to stop,” Mateen said.

“I will do that. I will do that. So can you tell me how we can peacefully resolve this tonight? I'd like to see you come out, I'd like to talk to you some more,” the negotiator said.

“Tell -- tell the f***ing -- the air strikes need to stop,” Mateen said.

“I'm doing that. I'm passing that message along, immediately,” the negotiator said.

“You see, now you feel, now you feel how it is. Now you feel how it is,” Mateen said.

Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 at Pulse nightclub on June 12 in what is considered the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

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