Rita Katz, director of the Site: “Libya – the new danger for Europe”
Libya is “without a doubt the new danger for Europe“, these are the words uttered by Rita Katz, director of the Site, the group that monitors Islamic radicalism on the web; indeed, the same has no doubts about the current situation in the North African country and raises the alarm on a reality very different from that even a year ago.
“Last year – Katz explained – Isis didn‘t exist in Libya, It had zero suicide operations, and there have already been a dozen of them all over the country this year: not in one or two places but everywhere. It means that probably some of the fighters were able to return from Iraq and Syria, and we saw them moving through northern Africa and settling in that area“.
Rita Katz highlights the imminent danger
“Most of the attacks carried out by ISIS or by other groups in the region, as in Tunisia by Aqim (acronym for ‘Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’) – Ratz insisted – were directed or directed to structures that they are oil companies or investment companies, anything that is a legitimate and justified enemy and that does not concern Muslims “.
“The organization’s media – she comments – reflect the situation on the ground and what can happen in the future“.
“At this moment – Katz continued – the calls for attacks on the West, whether Italy or France, are very evoked by Isis. Especially now that Italy is part of the war coalition against terrorist organizations“. On Italy, in particular, the director of the Site recalls that “ISIS channels constantly provide translations into Italian and that the organization has Italian members.The threats to Italy are identical and perhaps even higher than those towards any other European country. Let us not forget that their publications and messages always speak of Italy emphasizing that “Rome is our eye.” In almost all the previous messages of the leaders of Al Qaida and Isis, Rome was mentioned“.
“That said – she added – doesn‘t mean that you have to raise the alert level and be ready for an attack. I think it’s important to know that this threat exists“.
Isis, financial facilitators and hawala system. Here is how terrorism is promoted
To support the thesis of Ratz and, therefore, the danger for Europe and, in particular, for Italy there is the “modus operandi” with which terrorism is promoted.
Sigal Mandelker, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism, on the operations carried out by the US Department for the control of foreign assets of the Treasury office, said: “We‘re sanctioning the people involved in the facilitation to obstruct and discourage the Daesh’s financial operations in regions around the world. Our actions – he continues – coincide with the tenth meeting of the Counter-Daesh finance group which includes 52 countries and international organizations committed to disrupting the critical sources of Daesh revenues to permanently prevent the access of ISIS to the international financial system“.
The hawala system
Indeed, the Treasury and State departments have targeted Daesh branches, facilitators and networks; a corrupt system that also involved European countries.
As for Italy, however, the utmost attention is being paid to the hawala system.
The above mentioned system is based on trust, as it allows the transfer of money or assets. This transfer requires the intervention of a hawaladar operator (broker) in the starting point and in the destination.
The benefits are different, including the rapid transfer of money from one person to another in a foreign country, regardless of distance.
These funds are then transferred to remote regions within 24 hours. Moreover, any type of taxation is avoided, anonymity is guaranteed, as these transactions are beyond regulation and traceability is non-existent.
To confirm the above, there are some surveys done in Italy, which have allowed, for good luck, to avoid some of the massacres planned.
The leader of the Islamic State invites his followers not to abandon the faith even if the defeats increase. The appeal of Al Baghadi on the Italian Isis channel
“The balance of victories and defeats isn‘t based on the loss of a village or a city, if one abandons the faith we‘ll be defeated and humiliated“, this is only a brief passage of the speech that the emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has pronounced to his followers. A message to deny the news that hurt or even died, which was transcribed by Ansar Al Khilafah Fi, the so-called Italian arm of Isis. The followers of Al Baghdadi use to communicate the Telegram platform that prevents traceability.