ISIS plans to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa and attack Europe, according to Quilliam, an anti-terrorism British think tank.
The invasion force will land on Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa and invade other ports in southern Europe, the group claims, citing letters allegedly written by Abu Arhim al-Libim, an Islamic State propagandist.
The propagandist supposedly said Libya has “immense potential” for ISIS.
According to The Telegraph, ISIS fighters will conquer Libya and use it as a “gateway” into Europe.
Libya “has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat,” Abu Arhim al-Libim wrote.
“The jihadists hope to flood the north African state with militiamen from Syria and Iraq, who will then sail across the Mediterranean posing as migrants on people trafficking vessels, according to plans seen by Quilliam, the British anti-extremist group,” Ruth Sherlock writes for the British newspaper.
The Italian government estimates at least 200,000 refugees and immigrants will cross from Libya to Sicily and Lampedusa.
In 2014 more than 170,000 migrants, including a large number of Syrian refugees, arrived in Italy by boat.
During an ISIS video purportedly showing the beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya, a masked man with an American accent declared “we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him.”
Invasion Plot Discovered by Neocon Think Tank
The Quilliam Foundation is a London-based think tank focusing on “counter-extremism” and Islamism. The group is linked to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Henry Jackson Society.
The Henry Jackson Society is supported by a number of neocons, including Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, David Frum, Joshua Muravchik, and former director James Woolsey.
It has also worked with Carl Gershman, head of the National Endowment for Democracy, and the late Max Kampelman, a retired U.S. diplomat who supported the work of Freedom House and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
The National Endowment for Democracy specializes in color revolutions and undermining governments out of favor with the global elite. Allen Weinstein, a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), who served as NED’s acting president during its first year, told the Washington Post in 1991 “a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”