ISIS's statement about the Orlando attack reveals the group is pursuing a dramatic change of strategy. In the wake of U.S.-led airstrikes against their main base of operations in Syria and Iraq, the organization is reorienting it's efforts towards small but shocking actions in Western countries, often with the help of so-called “homegrown extremists”:
“The statement released half an hour later praised Allah for making the United States ‘humiliated' and a ‘laughingstock among nations' during Ramadan — ‘month of the invasion and jihad, the month of conquests.' ISIS has previously called for a ‘month of conquest' during the Islamic holy month that ends July 5.
‘While the tyrants shut the immigration door in your faces, open in their faces the door of jihad,' the statement adds.
It stressed the value of homegrown jihad and fighting ‘the crusaders day and night' so that ‘even neighbor is afraid of his neighbor.'
‘While one of you wishes and strives to reach the Islamic State, one of us wishes to be in your place.'
It adds that, as Mateen shot up the nightclub, lone jihadists shouldn't ‘shy away from targeting the so-called civilians… the so-called innocent people.'
‘Hero' Mateen ‘responded to the call of jihad… to send the message that we are all ticking time bombs and may explode anytime and anywhere,' the Al-Battar statement said, highlighting the latter part in red. ‘The battle, America, is no longer in the land of the Muslims alone, but in your land.'”
Continuing it's encouragement of lone wolf jihadists to wreak havoc in America and Europe, ISIS released a video warning that Western citizens are no longer safe:
“'The infidels of crusade America will no longer have security or comfort,' says the narrator.'New York, Orlando, Washington and other cities will not feel safety and comfort.'
The film explains this will remain the case for as long as American and allied forces continue their assault on ISIS fighters in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.”