Quilliam Foundation reports that ISIS/ISIL/IS plans to use Libya as a gateway to Europe, sending fighters masked as refugees.
They are urging fighters to flood into Libya from Syria and Iraq to then head for Italy and elsewhere.
Quilliam, the British anti-extremist think tank translated and analyzed a document written by an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) propagandist who uses the alias Abu Arhim al-Libim.
The document is entitled, “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State”, on why jihadists needed to urgently flock to Libya to assist supporters of the so-called caliphate in their jihad.
Libim pointed out that Libya is only 300 miles from some parts of Europe.
The document states that Libya is awash with Gaddafi’s arsenal of weapons and has “immense potential.”
Libim writes: “It has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat.”
Barack Obama recently compared ISIS to the crusaders of 1,000 years ago, giving ballast to these monsters. It sounded like a dog whistle. It was particularly egregious.
It’s not just Europe. Libim speaks of the “strategic geographic” location of Libya, the fact that it “looks upon the sea, the desert, mountains, and six states: Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia”.
They point out that “one leak of [these munitions] from Libya to Mali enabled jihadist groups there to take over more than two thirds of the country in a very short amount of time”, something that is used to compound the immense potential that Libya has as a fomenter of IS power.
They hope to disturb maritime shipping.
Libim cites “the number of trips known as ‘illegal immigration’ from this coast, which are huge in number … if this was even partially exploited and developed strategically, pandemonium could be wrought in the southern European states and it is even possible that there could be a closure of shipping lines and targeting of Crusader ships and tankers.”
While this is propaganda, the fact is that ISIS is aware of the value of Libya.
At least 200,000 refugees and immigrants are about to make the crossing from Libya to Sicily or the tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost territory.
Last year more than 170,000 arrived in Italy by boat, including tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the civil war in their home country. Greece is another popular port for refugees from North Africa.
This past weekend, 2,164 migrants from Libya were rescued at sea. Many more will flee under threat of ISIS and many could end up being ISIS “refugees.”
No one is doing anything of substance. There are no Western military in Libya and Europe does not have a uniform asylum policy.
Barack Obama bombed Gaddafi out of existence and then left them without help. When the U.S.-backed Libyan government asked only for training for their police and military, Barack Obama said no. Libya is now a lawless state.
When ISIS/ISIL recently executed 21 Christian Egyptians in Libya, the terrorist pointed a bloody finger north and said, “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission.”
Click here to read the full translation and accompanying analysis by Quilliam.