Transcripts of telephone intercepts published in Italy claim to provide evidence that ISIS is threatening to send 500,000 migrants simultaneously out to sea in hundreds of boats in a ‘psychological weapon' against Europe if there is military intervention against them in Libya.
Italian Minister for the Interior Angelino Alfano said on Monday that Libya was the ‘absolute priority' and insisted there was ‘not a minute to lose' for the international community.
He said: ‘If the militias of the Caliphate advance faster than the decisions of the international community how can we put out the fire in Libya and stem the migration flows? We are at risk of an exodus without precedent.'
More than 170,000 migrants arrived in Italy by boat last year. Since last Friday almost 4,000 have been rescued.
The spread of militancy across Libya was predicted by the country's deceased leader Muammar Gaddafi, who warned the Mediterranean would become ‘a sea of chaos'. Source: UK Daily Mail
ISIS was not yet the frightening force it is now, nor had it made inroads into Libya when Gaddafi made this chilling prophecy during his last interview in March 2011.
But the Arab Spring uprising set off a civil war in Libya and opposition forces – backed by NATO – deposed Gaddafi in violent coup just five months after his ominous prediction.
Thanks to Obama and Hillary Clinton, their “Arab Spring” initiative helped this sea of chaos come to pass. Who knew they would be the key players?