by William Craddick, Disobedient Media:
In December 2016, Europol released a statement warning that ISIS was likely to soon enact plans to stage large scale terror attacks in multiple states across the EU. The operations have been planned since 2013 but are now being accelerated due to ISIS’ territorial losses in the Middle East to coalition forces.
Research by Disobedient Media indicates that ISIS maintains a massive network of operatives throughout the EU. This network is primarily comprised of combat veterans and command figures from Syria and Iraq in addition to organized criminal networks controlled by recruits of the terror group. ISIS maintains established control over many impoverished neighborhoods throughout Europe and has access to a large number of weapons and equipment provided by criminal enterprises in Southern and Eastern Europe. If confirmed, the research indicates that ISIS may in fact be planning to commit a high casualty terror event within the next one to two years, possibly attempting to capture ground in Europe while doing so.
I. ISIS Uses The Migrant Crisis Created In North Africa To Move Assets Into The EU, Recruit From Millions of Migrants in Europe
The fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya created a fertile ground for a migrant crisis. The influx has left thousands of individuals seeking entry to the EU at the mercy of trafficking groups. Reports now indicate that ISIS not only controls these routes as a means of generating income, but is also actively recruiting from among the migrant population. In some cases, it appears that NGO groups are creating a risk of aiding ISIS operatives by assisting in efforts to bus migrants from North Africa into the European Union.
A. ISIS Controls Human Trafficking Operations In North Africa And Recruits Refugees
As the war in Syria has begun to turn against ISIS and coalition forces squeeze them in their strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa, a redeployment and re-allocation of assets has begun to take place. This deployment to the West is consistent with their belief that they are causing the fulfillment of the Islamic prophecy of Dabiq. ISIS recruits from Europe, hardened by combat in the Middle East, are now being sent back to their homelands with instructions to embed themselves and carry out attacks over time. In November 2016, Austrian Interior Ministry spokesperson Karl-Heinz Grundböck told Austrian newspaper Kurier that 40% 0f ISIS operatives in the countries entered as refugees.
ISIS members are able to move from the Syrian war theater to European states with great ease due to the migrant crisis. Wherever ISIS moves, they quickly consolidate control of drug and human trafficking networks to both create revenue for the transnational terrorist group as well as give them the control necessary to move their assets from continent to continent with great ease. The head of Austria’s anti-human trafficking force Gerald Tatzgern confirmed these reports, telling Kurier that ISIS is profiting in multiple ways by protracting the migrant crisis. On February 6th, 2017, The Express revealed research by counter-extremism group Quilliam that ISIS recruiters were exploiting young, desperate migrants in North Africa by offering them $1000 and free passage into the EU in return for joining the organization.
More concerning are revelations in Quilliam’s study that ISIS operatives were infiltrating refugee centers and mosques in Germany in a bid to radicalize disillusioned new arrivals already suffering from “a lack of belief in the host country”. Reports from early 2016 indicated that of the over one million migrants who had entered the EU, up to 70% were male and many were unaccompanied minors, the demographic most likely to be targeted by ISIS for recruitment. The amount of migrants in the EU has only increased since the time of these reports over a year ago.
Even a few hundred ISIS operatives moving unchecked throughout is incredibly concerning when one considers how just a handful of different cells were able to wreak heavy damage and cause high casualty rates in attacks like those which occurred in Paris and Maelbeek, Belgium. A force of this size, swelling their numbers from among the massive refugee population and training them with know-how learned in Syria represents the possibility of the worst crisis Europe has experienced since the end of the Second World War.
B. NGO Groups Funded By George Soros And Other Pro-Immigrant Donors Aid And Abet ISIS Operatives And Migrants
There are increasing indications that ISIS operatives and migrants may be receiving assistance, whether intentional or accidental, from various pro-refugee NGOs who have launched efforts to bus migrants from North Africa into the EU via Italy. The NGO run fleets engaging in these illegal efforts were uncovered in November 2016 by European news source GEFIRA. Supplementary research by Disobedient Media has revealed that many of these organizations receive funding from George Soros’ affiliated groups and donors to Hillary Clinton.
Despite the purported good intentions behind their efforts, the NGO groups have no means of guaranteeing that they are not moving ISIS recruits or operatives as Libya is currently a failed state and there is zero vetting of those trying to move across the Mediterranean. Soros’ financial involvement with the groups operating ships in the fleet raises significant concerns about the role that various pro-globalism, open border groups are playing in facilitating the migrant crisis and wave of terror in the EU.
II. ISIS Now Has An Established Presence In The EU
ISIS now maintains a disturbingly large network of fighters with combat experience from the Middle East in Europe, complete with command figures and bases of operations within poverty stricken neighborhoods across Europe. ISIS’ control over drug and human trafficking networks in Africa, as well as their recruitment drives targeting individuals with criminal histories has allowed them to consolidate control over much of the crime world in Europe. This new marriage of terror and organized crime has allowed them to obtain a disturbing level of control within the EU.
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