ISIS Plans to Overtake Libya, Send Jihadists to Europe Disguised as Migrants to Wage Terror

( [email protected] ) Feb 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST
According to a new report, Islamic State militants are planning to overtake Libya before sending fighters to southern Europe disguised as illegal migrants.
Islamic State militants have vowed to overtake Libya before invading Europe, according to a new report. REUTERS/Social media via Reuters TV

Members of the Islamic State terrorist group are planning a campaign to overtake Libya before sending jihadists, posing as illegal migrants, to Europe to wage war, reveals a disturbing new report.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a British anti-terror group claiming to have seen letters written by the group's supporters has revealed that ISIS hopes to use its members in Syria and Iraq to overrun Libya before targeting both Europe's mainland as well as maritime shipping.

The letter, written by an ISIS propagandist and online recruiter named Abu Arhim al-Libim, argues that Libya has "immense potential" for the jihadists.

"It has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat," writes al-Libim, adding that country also has a full supply of weapons.

As previously reported by the Gospel Herald, there are already several ISIS groups operating in Libya, which gained a foothold in the port city Derna in back October. On Sunday, the group released a gruesome video showing the mass execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

In the letter, al-Libim also discusses the possibility of attacking Europe, citing the high number of ships bringing migrants across the Mediterranean Sea illegally.

"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," he writes.

The Telegraph reports that Nasser Kamel, Egypt's ambassador to London, previously warned Britain to brace itself for 'boats full of terrorists' unless action was taken in Libya. His comments were made after 2,164 migrants were rescued at sea in a 24-hour period over the weekend.

"Those boat people who go for immigration purposes and try to cross the Mediterranean ... in the next few weeks, if we do not act together, they will be boats full of terrorists also," he said.

The report comes as the U.N. Security Council begins its emergency session which was prompted by Egypt in response to the execution of the Coptic Christians, according to the AP.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi urged the Security Council to allow expanded international military intervention in Libya, where Egypt launched airstrikes this week targeting the ISIS.

Sisi added that the international community had "no other choice" but to heed the wishes of Libyans and their Western-backed government, and to join in the fight against Islamic State in Libya.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim aslo revealed that Arab diplomats are currently working on a resolution that would include measures to halt the flow of weapons to the terrorist group.

"The legitimate government is in dire need of support whether politically or militarily in the provision of equipment that have been restricted by the Security Council so that it can undertake its responsibility to defend the Libyan people and third nationals on Libyan territory," Selim said.