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IS militants 'smuggled to Europe'

Islamic State militants 'smuggled to Europe'



   
   

       
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    17 May 2015


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Migrants who attempted to sail to Europe sit in a boat carrying them back to Libya after their boat was intercepted at sea by the Libyan coast guard, at Khoms, Libya, 6 May 2015

                        Smugglers hide IS militants on boats filled with migrants, Abdul Basit Haroun says
                   

               

Islamic State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government has told the BBC.

Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding IS militants on boats filled with migrants.

Officials in Italy and Egypt have previously warned that IS militants could reach Europe by migrant boat.

However, experts have cautioned that it is very difficult to verify or assess such claims.

Mr Haroun based his claim on conversations with smugglers in parts of North Africa controlled by the militants.

He alleged that IS was allowing the boat owners to continue their operations in exchange for half of their income.

Islamic State militants parading through Derna

                        IS operates in several parts of Libya, including the eastern city of Derna
                   

               

About 60,000 people are estimated to have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, fleeing conflict and poverty. Since the 2011 uprising, Libya has been without a stable government, and the chaos has allowed trafficking networks there to thrive.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live Investigates, Mr Haroun said IS used the boats "for their people who they want to send to Europe, as the European police don't know who is from IS and who is a normal refugee or not".

These militants often sat separately from the other migrants, he said.

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Migrants in numbers

  • At least 218,000 reached Europe by the Mediterranean Sea in 2014

  • More than 1,800 people are feared to have died making the journey so far in 2015 - a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

Source: The UN refugee agency

Analysis: Are militants using migrant boats?

How strong is IS in Libya?

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Earlier this year, the EU's border control agency, Frontex, warned that it was "possible" that foreign fighters were using irregular migration routes to get into Europe.

Egypt's ambassador to the UK has warned of "boats full of terrorists" if the international community does not act, while the Italian government has expressed fears of militants infiltrating the boats, while emphasising that the boats are a humanitarian crisis.

However, experts have cautioned that both countries have an interest in influencing the international response to the Libya crisis, and that it is difficult to verify the threat without evidence.

"Egypt is particularly keen to amplify the threat of Islamic State in Libya as it is desperately seeking approval for international intervention in the country," Alison Pargeter, an analyst focusing on Libya for the Royal United Services Institute, a British defence think tank, told the BBC earlier this year.

Migrants crowd the deck of their wooden boat off the coast of Libya, 14 May 2015

                        Italy has emphasised that the migrant boats represent a humanitarian crisis
                   

               

Meanwhile, Christian Kaunert, an expert in terrorism and refugee issues at Dundee University, said the risk of militants infiltrating migrant boats was "plausible - but whether it's absolutely credible is difficult to assess because by definition, when those boats come in, they go unnoticed".

IS, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, has been active in recent months in Libya, exploiting a power struggle between rival groups after the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi.

It is believed that local militias are often active partners with the smugglers, while Libya's coastguard has admitted to the BBC that they cannot handle the volume of migrant boats and will only interfere if a boat runs into trouble.

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Offline francis drake

Re: IS militants 'smuggled to Europe'
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2015, 01:57:37 PM »
Ukip has been warning about this for ages. As usual the Westminster elite sneer and accuse Farage of scare mongering. Well here we have confirmation from the Libyan government that terrorists are deliberately being sent to Europe on these boats.
Perhaps the Libyan government are merely scare mongering?

We must do everything to halt this flood and that means not merely rescuing and then taking them to Europe, but either turning the boats back or returning the migrants back. The message will soon get back that it is a waste of money.
All that giving them a lift to a European port does is cause the flood to increase, and make ISIS and the other smugglers exceedingly rich.

For those who plead that these are refugees, you seem to forget that they can afford to pay thousands to the smugglers for a place on these boats. These are mainly economic migrants and Britain does not owe them a living, any more than Britain owes the rest of the world a living.
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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