Sunday’s video included a boast by the terrorists to “conquer Rome.” Libya is less than 500 miles away from Italy’s southern tip. And it is now home to the Islamic State’s strongest presence outside of its core territory in Syria and Iraq.
Political support for Italian military involvement is growing. President of the Senate Defense Commission Nicola Latorre warned Monday that Italy must be ready to engage in military intervention to stop the advance of the Islamic State in Libya should diplomatic efforts fail.
The increased terrorist activity is acting as a catalyst for powers in Europe and the Middle East. Iran is using the Islamic State’s advances to increase its control of Iraq and reduce resistance to its nuclear program. Europe is bolstering its military capabilities and taking a more active role in the Middle East. The Trumpet expects these trends to continue. To learn more about the effects of the Islamic State’s rampage, read our Trumpet article “The World’s Newest Most Radical ‘State.’”
Full article: The Islamic State Takes on Egypt, Threatens Rome (The Trumpet)