REVIEW: THE STATE

Figure 1A: Part of the cast of the State.

Every now and then you are shown a programme that is extremely below par and you wonder how it made it to production. Men pay thousands of dollars/pounds/euros/dinar/lira to have a production made. Why would you take money and just throw it on the ground and stomp it?

This is just the feeling that one might have for a terrible movie like a thriller/docudrama, political documentary, animal kingdom presentation on National Geographic or a terrible movie depicting the life of Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation (that movie was so terrible, beating the writers, crew and director would probably be a mercy killing).

Then you have writers and crews taking that next step and making a terrible series. It drones on for seasons with historical inaccuracies, weird plots, individuals that never existed, battles that were not won by one side or even historical figures all speaking American accents.

(were all the prophets from West Hollywood? Why is George Burns cast as the creator of all? Does a short, wiry wizen skinned 100 year old guy fit the bill for execs or was that the compromise of a writer’s guild after a long, drawn out argument?)

But every now and then…once a blue moon…once every 86 years when Halley’s Comet passes by…there is that series that comes out that is so bad, so irretrievably dismal, so unbelievably, inconsolably abysmal that it’s actually…good.

You have a television series that was sent to me that was so niche, kitch and cultish that it might be one of those cult classics you watch…up there with Cheech and Chong, Blaxploitation and early kung fu knock offs that emerged in the Bruce Lee era.

The State deserves such an ignominious distinction. Someone sent me their own paid link to the series and I sat and watched this religious extremism porn. It was so bad it was actually humorous at times.

Remember the song that you might have heard on the radio that you despised; but it was put in rotation on top forty in the day. What started out at 6am being hated by you ends with you humming the tune and tapping your feet by 3pm at the close of your working day. The State is just such a case.

The series opens with a gaggle of Pakistanis (where are the Arabs in the UK?) along with one West Indian woman (gotta throw one in for diversity’s sake, don’t we?) gathering up their things and leaving for what looks at first glance to be a camping trip if you look at the sleeping bags piled into the back of the car.

When we next look up, they are crossing over the border at Turkey into Syria. Our heroes heading into the forbidden zone all know Arabic and are fluent (if they didn’t learn in madrasas in the UK or the Islam for Dummies book, how would they know then?).

I love the travel bags the West Indian mother has with her ten year old son. Are they headed to Wales? The Pakistani girl with the pink neon carry on luggage. Oh my, my, my.

By the time they arrive in the Islamic State, they are shown to their rooms and pass injured, dead soldiers while bedding down for the night. We finally see them lined up and praying for one of the few times in the series. Well the Arabs are praying. Not sure about if Pakistanis or Jamaicans (who are supposed to be Muslims) pray at all.

With each Arabic reference made, a small runner appears at the bottom of the screen to help the viewer; sort of like those watch the bouncing ball sing-a-longs from the ’70s. These little runners at the bottom sort of make it between a nazi propaganda reel and those PSAs about condom use that show kids putting a condom on a banana.

One of the British Pakistanis is brought into the presence of an Arab head of the mujahideen (love those spellings!) and is asked his skills. When he says he has memorised the Qur’an and he is made to recite, that young man gave perhaps the worst recitation of Surat ul-Qari`ah I have heard in quite some time (that’s pretty bad considering how many Pakistanis masjids I have attended where this was done).

Ladies get snuggled in after being introduced to their pudgy den mother who gives them instructions on serving men, jahiliyyah, bay`ah and a host of other particulars. The West Indian lady is the only one who asks questions and states opinions. The Pakistanis seem to be obedient sheep with one liners and filler references.

One of the poignant frames has our heroes brought to a town square where Arabs are speaking broken fusha Arabic and setting fire to cigarettes, books and other contraband. The Pakistani youths add their passports and other “bad stuff.”

21 minutes in and we are taking a ride down the boulevard in Raqqa with Jamaican, German, Swedish youths all staring out at veiled women walking the streets. The dialogue of the Jamaican youth with the others, the accents and roles are so damn stereotypical, I laughed outload.

Where was the Native American guy with the big ass headdress? His wife with the headband and the feather in the back? For the life of me, I just wanted to see the Swedish guy say his name was Sven. Damn!

Umm Halim (ishna) is a bright eyed, bushy tailed Pakistani girl who at first wants to go home but then finds her resolve in her new friend Umm Zubair (our token West Indian girl) and as they attend classes together the relationship grows.

Back in the Pakistani dorms, the “brothers” are surprised that the only exemplary white man that can fight is a former British soldier. Therefore the only white convert who speaks coherent English is a spy, an insider. What a great day to be white!

The women in their dorms look similar to movie extras on the set of Flashdance or Fame and yet this is supposed to be a show covering so serious of a topic as people joining Daesh.

The first ends with some sort of re-enactment of what the oath of allegiance (ar. bai`ah) is supposed to be but in reality comes off looking like the scent from Witness to the Mob when Sammy “the Bull” Gravano swore loyalty unto death to the Gambino crime family.

Umm Zubair seems very stilted and untrusting but seems to be the main character for the ladies while the Pakistani guy with terrible pronunciation of the Qur’an seems to be our representative for the men. Like I said. So damn bad, it’s good!

REVIEW: THE RISE OF HISTORY’S BIGGEST EMPIRE

Figure 1A: New Babylon took power after defeating the strongest power at the time, Germany. (Photo courtesy of allnewspipeline.com/)

This is a good show as an introduction to Americanism and the study of New Babylon. Please take a look but also look at other texts on the topic that are more detailed. This video is just a small portion of what is on the topic. This show I only recommend as an introduction to new people who are reading, reflecting and have stepped outside of the construct for the first time.

I also recommend this to Americans who have finally obtained their first passport (you are now one of the 5% who bear them, including government officials) and are reading for the first time (again, you are part of the 5% that read daily and intensively). I believe the layout of this video was well done and there were only a few loose ends that required tying up. However this can be completed in further studies.

BOOK REVIEW: A PARENT’S GUIDE TO PREVENTING HOMOSEXUALITY

Figure 1A: The controversial text.

Today’s Battle: The Next Vatican II

In the Vatican 2 council, the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church completely eroded from the inside out. This had a knock on effect on the rest of those under the authority of the Catholic Church. All former colonies to Rome that were given a vassal status (i.e. emancipated or liberated) still had to pay homage through their religious institutions.

Nunneries collapsed, men left monasteries and the priesthood as a religious vocation. The Mass was tampered with and the Novus Ordo was produced. Gone were the stone altars and all of what was previously known as the Latin Rite of the church.

In fact so alien was the Church after Vatican II that when King Richard III’s remains were unearthed in Leicestershire and had to be re-interred, there was no one who could carry out funeral rites that he would have recognised while alive.

Jews and more importantly Muslims would be swept in under this Ramen Noodle religious stove top warm up. This however is the discussion for another time. We would instead like to discuss another trend just as destructive in the culture as Vatican II.

The new Vatican II is that homosexuality is from birth, normal, must not only be tolerated but accepted and celebrated, lauded and genuflected at for onlookers. I was on the frontlines when this war began in the United States and it was an ugly one.

Catholics – the trendsetters in this cultural relativism – sprouted some rebellious shoots that grew up and spread out seeds to address the damage being done. These included people such as sedevacantists, the recognise and resist movement (R&R), Dr. Janet E. Smith (along with the Catholic Answers channel) in her ground breaking lecture Homosexuality: Why Not?

Homosexuality: Why Not?  would later be incorporated into the irresistible package Sexual Common Sense (this 10 CD set made me see I was not alone in my research or hatred of this new underground culture that was coming overground). It is currently unavailable through her website as she is looking for a new distributor.

Figure 2A: The late Dr. Joseph Nicolosi. January 24, 1947 – March 8, 2017 (Photo courtesy of josephnicolosi.com)

Another one of the soldiers in this front line war is the later Dr. Joseph Nicolosi and his wife, Linda Ames Nicolosi. The book he wrote was revolutionary.

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality is one of the most important books the researcher could have on his shelf. Someone studying this issue in the culture requires this book and the following essential items:

Sexual Common Sense by Dr. Janet E. Smith

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–I)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–II)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–III)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–III-R)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–IV)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–IV-TR)

Homosexuality in Islam by Scott Alan Kugle

Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Alan Kugle

Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender And Pluralism by Omid Safi

Return to the Spirit: Questions and Answers by Martin Lings

Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature by Will Roscoe and Stephen O. Murray

These will help the reader see the changes in the psychiatric community (brought on by legal pressure and not science) towards homosexuality in which the DSM eventually removed it as a disorder sandwiched between Transvestitism and Bestiality and/or other disorders connected with identity.

It also establishes how Spokesmen for Islam in the West have been slavishly ingratiating themselves to this new movement. They did this not only through sexual immorality/relativism but started first through religious relativism. This is why the books above are so powerful as well as useful.

As usual, the Spokesmen for Islam for the West depend on shoddy scholarship and rehashed arguments long disputed/discarded by opponents and even proponents of homosexuality. This is not the case in regards to Dr. Smith or the DSMs.

The presentations were clear, well set out and voluminous with sources in the proper places and also in context. It is in this understanding that we begin our book review of one of the Mount Rushmore heads of right thinking in the era of relativism: Dr. Joseph Nicolosi

The reading that I did of this book was difficult and also euphoric. Each chapter has left me with an exciting discovery and also schema to put into words. I felt that the book was so significant and replete with cogent arguments that I had to give each unit/chapter its due consideration.

1 Masculinity is an Achievement

This chapter focused by and large on the confusion faced by homosexuals about gender, namely their own. Drawing on his own knowledge as a clinical physician, Dr. Nicolosi put forward cases he has treated and also test cases on when identity becomes a problem, how the family provides the context for healthy and stable expression of gender and how one grows up secure in his or her gender.

Rites of passage that lead to manhood were given specific importance by the author and the lack of these is seen as one of the influencing factors (along with environment, i.e. the whole ‘nature/nurture’ disposition argument).

The author also gives tell tale signs of homosexuality in children and how interventions can be successful. Some of the pre-homosexual factors include domineering mothers and absent or submissive men. In the lack of a successful male role model, males begin to express the feminine traits or to atleast start to identify with them.

2 The Prehomosexual Boy

In this chapter, the prehomosexual boy is presented as being a whole galaxy of options when there is childhood gender-identity disturbance (GID) and it is left unchecked. When properly treated, the boy in this case will have the following solutions:

  • The opportunity for the child to overcome cross gender behaviour and the negative intrapsychic factors associated with it
  • A major reduction in social rejection by peers
  • Less likelihood of transsexualism (the belief that one is the opposite sex, often with the conviction that one must have sex change surgery to feel normal)
  • Less likelihood of homosexuality in adulthood

Also treated in this chapter are whether GID can be changed, if there is a “gay gene,” if sex change operations provide the solution to gender crisis along with the aggressive postulation that gender rigidity in children is normal and healthy.

3 Born this Way

The evidence for the ‘born this way’ doctrine is treated with a level of sensitivity and expertise that even advocates of homosexuality would respect although disagree with when he begins to lay out his case against it.

Dr. Nicolosi presents reasons for the sudden societal shift in views towards homosexuality as matters such as researcher bias in the social sciences departments, media filters that lean to hard left, biological factors and genetics playing a part but not being the determiner of one’s homosexual tendencies.

4 All in the Family

All in the Family gives a detailed analysis of parental response to homosexuality in children. I was surprised at how close the points were to the grieving cycle and the alcoholism progrommes I have read upon. Family responses include 1) denial, 2) confusion and 3) avoidance.

In addition to this, the author also puts forward his point that gender is not a construct but a biological affair in every sense of the word. One of the most destructive influencing factors towards homosexuality is marital discord/breakdown.

Cases where the mother was not just overbearing but overrid the father’s authority or consistently reinforced negative images about men are all influences/factors when observing homosexuals today in their adulthood.

There is a shocking number of them that come from broken homes or from families in which gender roles are bent, distorted or reversed. The women that are celebrated for being “single ladies” and “single mothers having it all” are not only the sole parent in the household for the founders of the Crips, Bloods, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, 18th Street and so many others, they are also the architects of the homosexual explosion.

According to what the author has posited, the breakdown of families and loss of fathers has not given children (males in particular) any role models and those presented were either negative, dominated or put in such a bad light that the son (s) made their own way.

This may seem like an open ended, take no prisoners missile strike on single moms but the author actual gives solutions that can assist single mothers who have sons that desire to protect them from homosexuality. His three point programme is succinct but practical.

I have not seen any clinical data on the matter so I remain open to discussion and review. Also in the book are steps that fathers should/can take with their sons and how to push through barriers, re-establish relationships that were damaged or torn and proper ways to respond to gender non-conformity.

Included in this chapter was a touching four point gateway for fathers to stay connected to their sons that included tucking them in and reading them a story for just father-son time. I must admit it brought a smile to my face as a father that frequently reads bedtime stories to his children (yes, even the sound effects and other things).

5 Friends and Feelings

Isolation starts as a slow, noticeable process that should immediately be observed by responsible parents. The chapter begins with a scenario the author encountered and is ended with discussion about solutions and also troubleshooting. The rest of the chapter centres around giving children a strong masculine presence in the home that encourages them to express gender identity in a healthy way throughout their early development. One of the crucial things parents should put forward for healthy children is that they engage in sports on a regular basis.

This competition, back and forth winning and losing, solo and team sports bring out the best in them and give them confidence in their own gender group and show them how to express themselves, solve problems, work in a team, hone leadership skills and also act out aggression in agreed upon settings.

6 Confronting Adolescence

Keith’s mother giving an impassioned plea on the phone opens this chapter and it does not disappoint. Keith seemed to be headed in the direction of homosexuality involving a fixation he developed for an older man named Luke.

During the counselling session, Dr. Nicolosi allowed Keith to express his feelings, state his case and throughout the conversation Keith came to his own conclusion. Much of the pent up anger and defensiveness disappeared as now he was allowed to pen up.

These and other techniques figure in the chapter as a way to open up dialogue with a boy going through adolescence. With the gay identity becoming fashionable, the author decides to tackle the subject but also give a wider window into it regarding gay teen suicide, depression and mental health problems.

The statistics presented are staggering. One of the most powerful presentations is the fact that the author says much of the sexual behaviour being resorted to by these males is based on being emotionally started and requiring male bonding that is not sexual. Sex is merely being used as a means.

7 From Tomboys to Lesbians

By the time I reached here, I thought that there would be no presentation on lesbians as the book was initially top heavy regarding boy stuff. This chapter gives a lead-in to the female psyche along with factors that may influence a daughter towards lesbianism.

Again this goes back to the parents and how vigilant they are, how healthy the marriage is, how healthy the relationship is and the affection they show their children. The only other factor he mentions is that part of lesbianism is narcissism either in the parental structure or in the child herself.

There are checklists and therapy suggestions that are just as detailed for the girls as the author had done them for the girls. The chapter ends with a short section on the healing process for recovering lesbians.

8 The Politics of Treatment

I believe that this chapter is probably the most explosive is now religious sentiment is introduced. Any reader who was not angry previously will be now. That is, if you are a die hard opponent of dialogue about homosexuality and the role religion plays in society and civilisation.

It is here that Dr Nicolosi takes the discussion to new ground by insisting that homosexuality takes the human body away from what it was originally designed to do and that clinical science does not possess all the answers to the mysteries of life. To top this off he calls science limited. I can only imagine the death threats he probably received.

He rightly suggests that there is an ideological fanaticism that undergirds much of the homosexual movements aims and that even some homosexuals are not as intellectually interested in the talking points as the media would have us believe.

Then the coup de grace is the presentation that nature in its most fundamental level is heterosexist, meaning heavily stacked towards being straight in order to ensure the survival fo the species, whichever one that may be.

The book is timely in that it predictively lays out the unravelling of society that is certain to come by changing the meaning of marriage, gender, sexuality and morals/disabilities to suit an ideology that is en vogue.

9 The Healing Process

Coming close to ending the book, Dr. Nicolosi now presents stages in the growth process after highlighting the importance of affection/tactile relationships between parents and children and especially fathers and sons.

Therapy will be required but through interventions by the parents and regular sessions with the therapist, the spectre of homosexuality can be pushed back and conquered. Two of the keys to this are unconditional love and measuring success so that one can see the progress:

1) decreased effeminacy, 2) increased self-esteem, 3) increased maturity, 4) diminished anxiety or depression, 5) popularity with other boys, 6) diminished behavioural problems, 7) better relationship with Dad and 8) “Happy to be a boy.”

Clinical cases (names withhold/changed for the protection of the patients) are then given as examples to the reader that the methods work but also for practical instruction and implementation. The final word of this chapter are four guidelines to the parents looking to increase communication with their gender confused child.

10 A Mother’s Journal

As this is the closing chapter, it contains final advice from the mother of a gender disturbed son and his journey through the experience. Dr. Nicolosi is consistent in saying that there is no quick fix cure for this anomaly and that society offering a quick fix is only attractive for the moment. Prevention is better than cure is the Dr.’s regular refrain and the healing process requires loving, committed and ready parents who will step up and take the challenge.

Overall I found the book a good read, well sourced and written in an engaging style as if you were a close confident or friend of the author. Too much technical jargon and references to scientific journals would have been a turn off when treating such a controversial subject.

It is my hope that this book will serve as the legacy of Dr. Nicolosi and a fitting research that can be taken up by both sides of the divide in dealing with this most timely issue in the Anglosphere.

ANGLOSPHERE ISSUES: Another Mass Shooting

Figure 1A: Chaos on the West Coast as people scramble for cover from a shooter.

The following article below gives an update on the shooting (considered the worse mass shooting in US history in recent memory) and also provides visual and audio of the incident. I have to say that when I first watched and listened, I had a flashback of when I lived on the West Coast. The clap of the weapons, the thumping of the rounds brought me back to the 80s and on at the height of West Coast violence.

I looked at the people and noticed them not moving and wondered, “Why aren’t they moving?” Then I remembered that these are concert goers, people that did not bury their friends at 16, go to funerals weekly and witness police shooting twelve year olds in the back walking home from school. Then there were the gangs. The AK-47s shot into the night air on Florence and Normandy with men walking around like desperadoes 200 in number on the Monday night.

Ten people killed in your neighbourhood on a Monday and ten over the weekend. I have to remember these are concert goers. News still rolls in but now their lives have changed. They will have the nightmares that I have, the flashbacks I still have…this is no joke. I hope that the missing can be found, dead or alive. This will at least give closure to the families of the deceased/injured.

I hope that those injured are able to obtain the proper medical attention for their infirmities. Military grade weapons blow off limbs, maim people and those standing next to the weapon sometimes have their clothes singed. The world for them has changed. Now more than ever, Americans are witness to and will be made to live the life that the underbelly has lived.

The coverage will change people’s perception of “poor neighbourhoods” forever and make people ask telling questions. When you are not safe at the movies, concerts, shows, 7-11s, AM/PM stores, local parks (that are often part of the local gang’s name), this is a hint of life on the West Coast. The gang capital of the world is only 20-30min from Disney and amusement parts. That world is only moments away but for people such as those killed/injured tonight, it might as well be a galaxy away.

Maybe this will open new questions- not about gun control– but about a broken society, a two tier America where people have shell shock and they’re nine years old. Before this is said and done, Americans should be asking not about gun control but about their society. Why are people like this made (they are not born)? Why does this keep happening? What are the long term consequences of continual shootings like this?

Please see the article below. I have only changed the video at the beginning as BBC had better video footage and also the twitter stuff that keeps giving macro/micro errors so I did not keep them. The original article is linked with all original details.

Until next time,

Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali

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Las Vegas shooting: More than 50 dead and 200 injured after gunman opens fire on crowd at music festival

– More than 50 people dead after shooter opens fire in Las Vegas
– Officially the deadliest mass shooting in US history
– More than 200 people are injured
– Witnesses say hundreds of shots fired into the crowd
– Two off-duty police officers among the dead
– Gunman shot dead by police named as Stephen Paddock, 64
– 40,000 were at a concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel when shooting started
– Only one suspected shooter who acted alone, say police
– Donald Trump tweets ‘warmest condolences’ to victims’ families
– Hundreds fled the scene while shots were fired

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 200 injured after a shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

A gunman in a hotel room fired hundreds of shots into a crowd of music-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

The gunman, who was shot dead by police, was named as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, who had no criminal record or known terrorist connections.

Witnesses said there were about four or five minutes of gunshots.

Police officers take position behind their vehicle in Las Vegas (Picture: Getty)
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Police had launched a search for the shooter’s female travelling companion, Marilou Danley, 62, who was named as a ‘person of interest’, but she has since been found.

Police found a number of rifles in Paddock’s hotel room.

Two off-duty police officers are among the dead, said Joseph Lombardo, sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department.

The shooting surpasses the death toll from the killings of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.

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Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1!

Paddock opened fire on the crowd of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

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Officers shot and killed the shooter, Mr Lombardo said. He said police used a controlled explosion to get to the shooter through the door of his hotel room.

One officer who was on duty in in a critical condition and another was wounded.

Las Vegas Police said they did not believe there were any more shooters. Mr Lombardo described the shooting as a ‘lone wolf’ style attack.

It is thought there were up to 40,000 people in the crowd at the concert when the shooting started.

At this time there is in excess of 50 deceased and over 200 injured individuals.

Videos posted online showed people diving for cover as shots from what appeared to be an automatic weapon could be heard.

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In videos of the incident posted on social media, prolonged gunfire could be heard.

Police have also located two vehicles they believe are associated with the shooter.

US president Donald Trump tweeted: ‘My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting.’

Witnesses said hundreds of shots were fired.

British holidaymaker Mike Thompson, from London, told the BBC: ‘We were walking back to our hotel, the MGM, after dinner and we saw people running towards us in total panic.

‘One man had blood all over him and that’s when I knew something was seriously wrong.

‘I could hear automatic gunfire so I grabbed my partner and we ran to the back streets. People were running and there was chaos.’

Jake Friedman, who was at the concert, told Sky News: ‘You could clearly see dozens of bodies piled up on the ground.

The shooter fired into the crowd from a nearby hotel
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‘Then we realised people were getting massacred in front of us.’

A witness told News3LV that ‘bullets were flying everywhere’ as concertgoers fled.

‘They were firing from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip,’ the man said.

‘It sounded like some fireworks going off,’ a witness told NBC Las Vegas. ‘And then I think there was like the first kind of volley, then the second volley. Lots of people got hit.’

Hundreds of people fled the scene of the concert as the shots rang out at about 10.30pm.

University Medical Centre spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people had been admitted to the hospital.

Of those, at least two had died and 12 were in a critical condition. The rest are being assessed.

Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

Some flights destined for McCarran International Airport were diverted due to the incident.

People lay on the on the ground while others fleed to avoid the shots (Picture: Getty)
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Witnesses said country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out.

Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire.

The shooting happened during a concert in Las Vegas (Picture: Getty)
The shooting happened during a concert in Las Vegas (Picture: Getty)
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Witnesses said they saw multiple victims as they fled the shots raining down on the concert venue.

Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

A concert-goer said he heard what sounded like fireworks while he was watching Aldean’s performance.

Police at the scene of the shooting (Picture: PA)
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Kodiak Yazzi said the music stopped temporarily and then started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, the 36-year-old took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

A police officer takes position behind her vehicle in Las Vegas (Picture: PA)
A police officer takes position behind her vehicle in Las Vegas (Picture: PA)
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The bursts of pops would start and stop for more than five minutes.

He said he saw dozens of ambulances as he ran for safety. He later got a Lyft driver to take him home to suburban Henderson.

Country singer Jason Aldean, who was performing on stage when the shooting started, posted a message on his Instagram page.

He wrote: ‘Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe.

‘My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.’

In a tweet, staff at the Mandalay Bay Hotel paid tribute to the victims of the shooting.

British prime minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter: ‘The UK’s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas.’

The Foreign Office in the UK said it was in contact with authorities in Las Vegas and that it was ‘ready to help’ any British people affected.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Our sympathies are with all those affected by the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

‘Details about the incident are still emerging and we are in contact with Las Vegas emergency services. We are ready to help any British people affected.

‘Any British people in Las Vegas should follow the advice of emergency services, and check the Foreign Office travel advice.’