Ali Soufan Quoted in Time Magazine: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Concert Terrorist Attack
May 23, 2017
By: Kate Samuelson & Jared Malsin
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, northern England, on Monday evening — but U.S. authorities have not yet verified the claim. The attack, which killed at least 22 people, including an 18-year-old college student, and left around 59 injured, was described by British Prime Minister Theresa May as “the worst attack the city has experienced …”
Ali Soufan, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent on terrorism cases, says the apparent factual errors in the statement indicate a decline in ISIS’ media apparatus.
“They used to be accurate in at least reflecting media reports on attacks they had nothing to do with, but they believed they inspired. Now it seems that capability is not what it used to be before …”
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