- Islamic State 2.0.The coming terror
A group linked to the self-styled Islamic State has spread this Friday a threat with name and surname against a judge of the National Court, the court where terrorism crimes are tried in Spain and for which they have paraded in recent years alleged supporters of the jihadist organization.
"We record our clear will and commitment to eliminate José de la Mata. We will continue working to achieve our goal," warns in Spanish the video that EL MUNDO has had access to and that was released at the last minute of this Friday by Muntasir Media, a group related to the IS (Islamic State, for its acronym in English) which, however, is not officially included in the propaganda network of the organization that directs Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
The video, one minute and 57 seconds long, is titled "You will die with a barnacle bomb" and is made up of images of fragments of statements of the judge to which the threat is directed and images of cars hit by detonations and engulfed by the flames. The narrative is, in part, instructive for the terrorists of the IS. It provides precise instructions to manufacture the pump and install it in the vehicle.
The content has begun to circulate this Friday through channels of acolytes of the group in the Telegram messaging application. De la Mata has led in recent years a long list of cases related to the crimes of indoctrination and recruitment of the jihadist group. He recently dismantled an organized and operational network of jihadists within Spanish prisons, with the help of some officials, and has sent militants from the organization to prison.
The frames and the message are a continuation of a previous video released by the same group at the end of last July in which the group urged to kill De la Mata and called for perpetrating attacks of "lonely wolves" in Madrid. Then Muntasir Media offered a reward to "hunt down" the magistrate and his family circle.
The same group released a video last December that, under the title of "Prepare, oh soldier of Allah" asked the supporters of the then dying caliphate - proclaimed by the IS on horseback from Syria and Iraq - to sign attacks coinciding with the agglomerations Urban and Christmas celebrations.
These new calls coincide with a recent report by UN experts who warn of the possibility of a new wave of terrorist attacks claimed by the SI on European soil. "As soon as you have the time and space to reinvest in your external operations, the IS [Islamic State] will direct and facilitate international attacks in addition to the group-inspired attacks that continue to occur in many parts of the planet." , predicts the report prepared by experts of the anti-terrorism committee of the UN Security Council.
"The current reduction of such attacks, therefore, may not last long, possibly until the end of 2019," the document warns. The UN, based on information provided by the intelligence services of the member countries, estimates that the finances of the IS still manage between 50 and 300 million dollars despite the loss of the territory and the sources of income that converted it in the richest terrorist group on the planet.
Europe, beaten wildly since the establishment of the caliphate in 2014, remains especially vulnerable. " The SI still poses a prominent threat in Europe despite having lost capacity to carry out direct attacks," the report said. "Lately there have been few attacks of 'lone wolves', which suggests that even the ability to inspire actions is in decline," the investigation slips. "However, a resurgence of communication between the IS central command and individuals in different European countries has recently been detected."
The anti-terrorist alert continues in Spain at level 4 out of 5. According to experts, the return of combatants from Syria and Iraq and the situation of those arrested for jihadism in European prisons are two factors that can fuel the return to staging the terror of IS. According to estimates from European nations, between 5,000 and 6,000 nationals traveled to Syria and Iraq during the last five years to join, mostly, the IS. Even today, the whereabouts of 40 percent of those who undertook the journey - some 2000 - remain in the shadow zone and could have returned home. "Some may join Al Qaeda or other terrorist brands that may be born. Some will become leaders or agents of radicalization," he predicts.
"The radicalization of criminals within the prison system remains a challenge to review," says the report, which voices his fear for the radicalization of "prisoners affected by poverty, marginalization, frustration, low self-esteem and violence" . The risk is even greater if it is considered that the first wave of caliphate returnees could begin serving their sentences and leave prison next year. "Deradicalization programs have not been fully effective," experts report.
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