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FBI Releases 'Chilling' Transcript of Mateen 911 Call

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Orlando gunman Omar Mateen initially spoke in Arabic and declared himself to be an "Islamic soldier" during phone calls with emergency authorities as he killed 49 people, according to a transcript released by the FBI Monday.

"I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," he told a 911 operator during his initial phone call from the Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12.  The release offered few fresh details on the shootings.

The transcript was initially redacted to remove Mateen's pledge of allegiance to Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  The Justice Department said in a statement as it released the full transcript that it was trying to be transparent while remaining sensitive to victims' families and not provide publicity for a terrorist group.

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Taliban Kidnap 27 Passengers in Southern Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for taking 27 passengers hostage in the south of the country Tuesday in a latest incident of mass kidnapping.

The early morning abductions happened in restive Helmand province, where Afghan security forces have been battling the insurgents to reverse recent battlefield losses.

Heavily armed men stopped some 14 vehicles, including buses near the district of Gereshk and abducted dozens of passengers, said Abdul Ghafoor Tokhi, the head of the provincial transportation department.

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Japan, South Korea on Alert for North Korea Missile Launch

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North Korea appears to have deployed a ballistic missile to its east coast, but there are no signs of an imminent launch, according to an unnamed government source.

Japan's military is on alert for a missile launch, and their navy and anti-missile Patriot batteries have been instructed to shoot down any projectile headed for Japan, according to a government source.

The missile is presumed to be an intermediate-range Musudan missile, similar to one the North unsuccessfully tried to test launch three times in April. Another launch, most likely of the Musudan, failed in May.

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More Anti-Gay Rampages Likely, Fear Analysts

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Nightclubs, restaurants, bars, vacation beaches and concert halls have all been targeted by militants in the West, either directed or inspired by the Islamic State (IS) terror group. But in the Orlando, Florida massacre on Sunday, young gay revelers were specifically targeted in a homophobic rampage.

Analysts fear that the Pulse nightclub won’t be the last gay venue in the West to be targeted by militants. “Nightclubs have been considered as easy soft targets for jihadists for a while,” says Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting firm. He points out that in February, some IS followers were arrested in France for planning terror attacks on nightclubs.

Such attacks are an easy score for IS. “They can just inspire followers to carry out terror attacks and claim credit,” Guitta adds, without having any operational involvement.

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Shooting Renews Focus on How to Identify, Stop Extremist Attacks

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Attacks like Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, bring public shock and frustration along with a return to questions about what the government can do to prevent something similar from happening again.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of Omar Mateen, who perpetrated the attack, and interviewed him in 2013 and 2014. But an official said investigators found no evidence of criminal activity.

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, said the agency will likely spend the coming days reviewing why Mateen's case was closed, and whether that was the appropriate action.

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