Europol issues warning: Get ready for more Mumbai-style ISIS attacks in Europe

posted at 10:01 am on January 25, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, Europol hardly needed to issue its warning today, because ISIS beat them to the punch. The terrorist quasi-state published a 17-minute video showing some of the perpetrators of the Paris attack preparing for their mass slaughter by beheading and shooting prisoners in Syria. They issued an explicit threat against the UK, and in particular Prime Minister David Cameron:

The 17-minute video shows the extent of the planning that went into the multiple attacks in Paris, which French authorities have said from the beginning was planned in Syria. The video was provided online by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.

The video does not contain any footage of the attacks themselves, but is assembled from material shot before the men left for Paris, as well as news and amateur videos. The video did not specify where the nine men were filmed, but it was believed to have been in ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.

The video also contains threats against the United Kingdom, showing images of London landmarks Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral and claiming extremists are ready to strike “anytime, anywhere.” At one point, the image of British Prime Minister David Cameron is shown with a crosshair over his face. …

Seven of the militants, including a 20-year-old who was the youngest of the group, were filmed standing behind bound captives, described as “apostates,” who were either beheaded or shot.

Europol notes — perhaps belatedly — the shift in ISIS operations from merely ground acquisition to a full-blown international terror organization:

Europe is currently facing the most significant terrorist threat in over 10 years. The Paris attacks on 13 November 2015 indicate a shift towards a clear international dimension of Islamic State to carry out special forces style attacks in the international environment. This and the growing number of foreign fighters are posing new challenges for EU Member States.

More attacks in the EU may happen in the future. Therefore there is a great need within the European Union to strengthen our response to terror, to suspected terrorist networks and foreign fighters, and have an improved strategic understanding of threats.

This metastasis in ISIS became apparent last year, when they took credit for downing a chartered jet carrying more than 200 Russian tourists out of Sharm el-Sheikh. There had been some doubt as to whether this and other terror attacks for which ISIS claimed credit were in fact operations carried out on orders of their leadership, or whether these were just local groups “inspired” by ISIS. This video makes it clear that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his organization have returned to the roots of their al-Qaeda origins, and plan to use the relative safe haven of the Syrian-Iraqi desert to plot attacks on Western targets. Thanks to the opening provided by the refugee crisis, Europe makes the most sense for planned operations, but the US could easily be next — and is certain to be on the aspirational list of ISIS operations.

Politico’s European bureau reports that Europol has also recognized that risk:

Although there is no evidence that the terror group plans to use the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Syria to attack Europe, there is “a real and imminent danger” 
that the Syrian diaspora could become radicalized and targeted by ISIL, Europol warned.

There is also evidence that ISIL has set up a special command center aimed at undertaking operations in Europe and specifically in France.

“In selecting their targets IS has shown its capability to strike at will, at any time, and at almost any chosen target,” the agency said. “In its target selection it shows a preference for soft targets with a potential to cause mass casualties.”

Er, no evidence? French investigators found evidence that the Paris plotters used the refugee crisis as a screen for its operatives, as well as fake Syrian passports. So too did the suicide bomber in Istanbul that targeted the Sultanahmet plaza and the tourists that gather there. Turkey had also found eight suspects that came through the refugee program before they had an opportunity to launch any attacks — and so did Honduras with five men traveling on fake Syrian passports who had first come through Greece.

Perhaps there may be no evidence of a current plot using sleeper agents amidst the refugees, but we’ve certainly seen how ISIS has exploited the crisis recently. It may be politically correct to discount the dangers of a mass migration from a radicalized region, but as a security policy, it stinks. ISIS has demonstrated how seriously it takes its terrorist mission to murder as many people as possible, and Western nations had better start taking it more seriously than they have up to now.


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Time for George Bush to have a press brief and tell U S All about the religion of peace once more.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

If you want muzzies in your country this is the price you have to pay: constant terrorist attacks.

Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to keep the muzzies out then outlaw birth control and abortions for a generation or two?

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Time for George Bush to have a press brief and tell U S All about the religion of peace once more.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

islam: the world’s most violent and intolerant religion.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

They’re “contained.” The only question is the size of the container.

Drained Brain on January 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Obama’s Mid East policy of ‘Anything to Appease Islam’ is a resounding success.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 25, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Jay-vee team.

-Obama

Wethal on January 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Time to let all Muslims invade the country. Trump is so crazy for wanting to stop them from coming here. All the other wannabes know the Muslims would never harm a hair on our head. Muslims will want a good looking head of hair to be a trophy when the innocent American’s is cut off and placed on the end of a stick and left for all the wannabes to see,letting them know they were correct about Islam being a religion of peace.

they lie on January 25, 2016 at 10:12 AM

They’re “contained.” The only question is the size of the container.

Drained Brain on January 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Best way to get rid of them without killing them off is to convince them there are Jews on Alpha Centauri and they’ll spend all their energy trying to build a giant spaceship to get there…

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM

What’s Ted Cruz’s position on Muslim refugees now?

BuckeyeSam on January 25, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Time to let all Muslims invade the country. Trump is so crazy for wanting to stop them from coming here. All the other wannabes know the Muslims would never harm a hair on our head. Muslims will want a good looking head of hair to be a trophy when the innocent American’s is cut off and placed on the end of a stick and left for all the wannabes to see,letting them know they were correct about Islam being a religion of peace.

they lie on January 25, 2016 at 10:12 AM

God is still blessing us that our worst illegal alien problem are Mexican Catholics coming across our borders.

Though Obama is going out of his way to bring in Rapefugees by the tens of thousands…

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Isn’t this the terrorists’ goal, for us to change our way of life, and limit our freedoms? Airport security has really degraded the air travel experience. How many billions of dollars of productivity has been lost through that dog and pony show.

LashRambo on January 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

A very interesting take on all of this

tommyboy on January 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Isn’t this the terrorists’ goal, for us to change our way of life, and limit our freedoms? Airport security has really degraded the air travel experience. How many billions of dollars of productivity has been lost through that dog and pony show.

LashRambo on January 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

If we’d ceased all muslim immigration back in 2001, started deporting muslims from this country, and razed all the mosques government goons wouldn’t be sexually assaulting innocent Americans at airports.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Dubya was a moron about Islam and well just a moron in general. Barry Hussein is a collaborator and most likely a Muslim himself.

Cecil Corn on January 25, 2016 at 10:17 AM

No problem

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Barry Hussein is a collaborator and most likely a Muslim himself.

Cecil Corn on January 25, 2016 at 10:17 AM

According to sharia Barack HUSSEIN Obama Jr is obliged to be a muslim because Barack HUSSEIN Obama Sr was. Else he’s an Apostate and subject to death by jihad.

That he isn’t subject to a fatwah is twofold:

1. The muslim doctrine of takiyya which allows them to lie and decieve in order to advance islam.
2. The fact that his actions as President are no different than if he were a muslim.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:22 AM

I’m waiting for tourism to take a hit. Who needs this crap?

Blake on January 25, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Best way to get rid of them without killing them off is to convince them there are Jews on Alpha Centauri and they’ll spend all their energy trying to build a giant spaceship to get there…

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Well, it’s effectively a triple star system, and so a 3-fer. Jews on one, Christians on another, and [fill in blank space – Hindus, Buddists?] on the other.

But that really ought to “motivate” them. Heh….

…Except do recall the muzztard leaders who said the moon landing was a fake, among many other absurdities on the level of Algorhythms. They’re that dumb, that retarded, and I’d bet if they were able to make that intellectual jump to space travel at all, they’d try to realize it with internal combustion engines in their “space” ship.

RL on January 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM

The stupid Italians, first, pope tomorrow, welcomed with wiiiiide open arms…the president of Iran today. He’s touring Europe this week, as a yuuuuge celebrity. Soon he’ll cut their heads off.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

It may be politically correct to discount the dangers of a mass migration from a radicalized region, but as a security policy, it stinks.

To our progressive pseudo-intelligentsia, multiculturalism and progressive Utopia is the Holy Grail. That requires the mass migration of “mystical, enlightened” refugees to supplant the unenlightened, boorish peons’ who keep not giving the progressives Absolute Power Forever every election cycle.

In their minds, the deaths of citizens are the price the West must pay for becoming a true Utopian culture, and as just retribution for past sins against more “spiritual” cultures. The majority of our elite’ simply do not care about the deaths of peasants at the hands of their imported “gurus”.

Except for the ones quivering orgiastically at seeing the hated commoners being massacred by their spiritual “soul mates”.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Well, it’s effectively a triple star system, and so a 3-fer. Jews on one, Christians on another, and [fill in blank space – Hindus, Buddists?] on the other.

Brilliant! This makes my idea even better: There are Jews living on planets orbiting Alpha, Christians orbiting Beta, and ATHEISTS and PAGANS (another islamic bugaboo) living around Proxima.

But that really ought to “motivate” them. Heh….

…Except do recall the muzztard leaders who said the moon landing was a fake, among many other absurdities on the level of Algorhythms. They’re that dumb, that retarded, and I’d bet if they were able to make that intellectual jump to space travel at all, they’d try to realize it with internal combustion engines in their “space” ship.

RL on January 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM

I’s say give them some old rocket parts to make their “starship” out of, but they’d be more likely to use them as suicide weapons.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Let’s welcome them here. Because defending America is not an American value, according to the establishment.

rbj on January 25, 2016 at 10:44 AM

The stupid Italians, first, pope tomorrow, welcomed with wiiiiide open arms…the president of Iran today. He’s touring Europe this week, as a yuuuuge celebrity. Soon he’ll cut their heads off.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Thanks to the idiocy of Hussein Obama and John Fn Kerry, Rouhani has a much larger travel budget than he used to have.

fogw on January 25, 2016 at 10:46 AM

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

I hope you may continue to not be terrified. Of course, you can no longer discount it out of hand. And our government is complicit in that.

Zomcon JEM on January 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Let’s welcome them here. Because defending America is not an American value, according to the establishment.

rbj on January 25, 2016 at 10:44 AM

That’s just not who we are” -GOP Establishment

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM

The new KKK…

Kavemen Karrying Korans

And of courses aided and abetted by libtards and demorats

txdoc on January 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Kneel to receive your Darwin award.

antipc on January 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Heard a sermon yesterday when the preacher explained how Christ laid down His life so that we may obtain eternal life. He contrasted this by exposing the muslim cult that they dwell on earthly matters and most of all dwelling on death. They concentrate on death to the point that the devil had inspired this religion. This is why the world believes that islam is a respectable religion because the devil has so many in the world fooled to believe that.

garydt on January 25, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Ah..but you are a troll here, so need to welcome them next door to where you live.

txdoc on January 25, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Stop the invasion and deport every last one of them back to Crapistan

txdoc on January 25, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Heard a sermon yesterday when the preacher explained how Christ laid down His life so that we may obtain eternal life. He contrasted this by exposing the muslim cult that they dwell on earthly matters and most of all dwelling on death. They concentrate on death to the point that the devil had inspired this religion. This is why the world believes that islam is a respectable religion because the devil has so many in the world fooled to believe that.

garydt on January 25, 2016 at 11:05 AM

muslims are the children of ishmael. And their god is Lucifer.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

No doubt you are depending on someone else for your protection or you wouldn’t be so sure of yourself. Good luck with that In Gov We Trust thing. Lots of people have died with that on their lips… and that’s just at the VA.

rhombus on January 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Sadly, though, not of your relentless demonstration of moral, ethical and intellectual turpitude demonstrated whenever you show up.

RL on January 25, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

You will be when that Muzzie blade’s first cut is your carotid artery and the big splash of blood hits the wall next to you. It will be the last thing you see.

docflash on January 25, 2016 at 11:26 AM

When does muzzy season open? Is there a daily bag limit? Bucks only or either sex? Do you have to remove the carcus or can you just leave it where it falls?

1sttofight on January 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM

When does muzzy season open? Is there a daily bag limit? Bucks only or either sex? Do you have to remove the carcus or can you just leave it where it falls?

1sttofight on January 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Make sure that you use that gun oil made from pig grease. Guarantees the vermin will burn in hell

txdoc on January 25, 2016 at 12:08 PM

This video makes it clear that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his organization have returned to the roots of their al-Qaeda origins, and plan to use the relative safe haven of the Syrian-Iraqi desert to plot attacks on Western targets. Thanks to the opening provided by the refugee crisis, Europe makes the most sense for planned operations, but the US could easily be next — and is certain to be on the aspirational list of ISIS operations.

That cannot be. Tlaloc said ISIS is just a local gang, and presents no threat to the US.

Isn’t this the terrorists’ goal, for us to change our way of life, and limit our freedoms?

LashRambo on January 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Their goal is to kill us. It is as simple as that.

bobthm3 on January 25, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

It’s ok little snowflake. Just hide under the table and breathe into a paper bag and the adults will take care of the problem.

itsspideyman on January 25, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Personally I’m just terrified!

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Such the hypocrite. Go read your criticisms of us here that you posted last night. Lol,lol,lol

CWforFreedom on January 25, 2016 at 1:22 PM

More attacks in the EU may happen in the future

Yawn.

More candle-light vigils in their future.

Wake me up when they figure out the cause.

WhirledPeas on January 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM

When does muzzy season open? Is there a daily bag limit? Bucks only or either sex? Do you have to remove the carcus or can you just leave it where it falls?

1sttofight on January 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Muzzy season is always open in Kentucky and any other “stand your ground” state.

Hence why they don’t go “sudden” jihad syndrome here.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Wake me up when they figure out the cause.

WhirledPeas on January 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM

They will never figure it out.

Guess I waited too long to see the places in Europe I wanted to see. Oh well. I wouldn’t go to EUrabia if you paid me a million dollars.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 3:57 PM

I can’t be too hard on the European sheeple. They’ll continue to elect the same criminals just like we do over here.

But, they sure do talk purdy about how they’re going to fix everything, how great their country is, and how they’re looking out for the proles Common Man when they’re campaigning, don’t they now?

;-

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 25, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Perhaps there may be no evidence of a current plot using sleeper agents amidst the refugees,

Ed, there is a large amount of evidence. Just go and check Jihadwatch. The IS claimed back in February that they were going to flood Europe with “refugees” in 2015 and have their own murderers among them; in October an IS spokesmurderer claimed they already had 4,000 muj in Europe among the “refugees” claiming that an attack is planned whereby the Pope will be decapitated in St. Peters Square; additinally Stage 6 of al Qaeda’s 7 step plan is due to start in 2016 (well before the IS split off and started running the show) – this Satge involves “Total War” and must therefore include “waking up” all the Sleeper Cells embedded in the West.

It really is time you go back, cap in hand, to Robert Spencer and beg him to come back to Hot Air isn’t it?

Liam1304 on January 26, 2016 at 3:28 AM