The Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly issued a chilling threat about plans to launch terror attacks in Spain, declaring: “We will launch terror attacks to recover our land from the Christian invaders and reimpose Islamic rule again after 500 years.’
UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) The jihadists have long made it their goal to expand their boundaries beyond Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East. As well as plans to expand the caliphate in Iraq, Syria, North Africa and large parts of western Asia, they have previously released a map marking out plans to seize parts of Europe.
Spain, which was ruled by Muslims for 700 years until 1492, is marked out as a territory the caliphate plans to have under its control by 2020.
The militants issued the warning in a video that shows an ancient map of the Iberian peninsula turning red, it was reported by The Daily Express.
Europe’s worst attack by Islamic militants occurred in Spain in 2004 when bombs on Madrid commuter trains killed 191 people.
The warning comes three weeks after Spanish security officials said they had arrested more than 90 suspected Islamic extremists in 2015.
One of those held was an inmate at a prison near Madrid who allegedly tried to recruit jihadi fighters for ISIS and threatened to bomb major Spanish cities including the capital.
A wheelchair-bound Islamic extremist also confessed last year to sending more than 200 jihadists to Syria and Iraq to fight for the terror group.
Belgian-born former drug addict Mustafa Maya, 52, made the admission during questioning by a Spanish prosecutor, respected newspaper El Pais reported.
Maya was arrested last year in the Spanish enclave of Melilla on suspicion of heading an Islamic State recruitment network and is currently awaiting trial.
They have also received more than 600 anonymous tip-offs regarding possible Islamic extremists under a new project set up to better anticipate the threat of attacks.
Spain’s interior minister has called for tighter controls to prevent members of the armed jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS) from infiltrating the “avalanche” of Muslims being forced on Europe from Syria.
The Local (h/t Maria J) “We can’t forget ISIS is over there and these barbarians have shown that they are capable of carrying out their threats,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said. “How can we doubt that, among this avalanche people who are not refugees could infiltrate themselves,” he added in the interview published in the conservative newspaper.
“Spain will not refuse the right of asylum to anyone,” Diaz told ABC before adding that “controls must be strengthened to welcome these people”.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was expected to unveil a plan on Wednesday to relocate 120,000 refugees in EU countries under a mandatory quota system. But the Spanish government has criticized “obligatory quotas” and consistently argued that Spain’s cripplingly high unemployment level prevents it from taking such a large number of refugees.
The Media are already offering ways for the citizens of Spain to welcome the Muslim invaders who threaten their lives and livelihoods. While Spain faces pressure to take a bigger share of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at Europe’s borders, The Local in Spain takes a look at ways that individuals can make a difference.
Six simple ways to “do your part” if you live in Spain and want to help Muslim invaders who will steal your money, rape your daughters, destroy your home, and force you to bow to Islam.
The Local (h/t Maria J)
PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION IN YOUR OWN HOME
Cities across Spain are in the process of setting up a register so that residents that volunteer to put up refugees in their homes. Barcelona was first to announce the scheme, swiftly followed by Madrid and a dozen other cities. No clear guidelines have yet been drawn up but the scheme should be in place within weeks so if you are keen to give up your spare room for a very good cause ask your local council.
One of the big challenges of arriving in a new country is inevitably the language. Various organizations offer services to help refugees navigate jumping through the daily hoops of legal documents, work applications, healthcare systems and more, like the Service of Translators and Interpreters (SETI) in Madrid.
There are many non-profit organisations that are involved in various aspects of the influx of refugees, from rescuing people on the Mediterranean, to giving medical treatment to those who arrive to providing resources to those who are able to stay. One of the main agencies is the United Nations Refugee Agency, known as ACNUR in Spain. You can choose to make a one-time donation or regular donations over a certain period of time.
DONATE CLOTHING & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Groups like Spain Solidarity for Calais Refugees and CalAid organize drop-off points around Europe to bring donations to refugee hotspots. The most important items as the weather starts to get colder are clothing like jackets, woolly hats, shoes, socks, as well as blankets, but people regularly post a list of the essentials on the group’s Facebook page.
SIGN A PETITION OR SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN
If you are feeling like you want to do something more political, consider some of the petitions currently circulating to help refugees. The Spanish Commission for Aid to Refugees (CEAR) launched a petition with the hashtag #UErfanos to eliminate the need for a transit visa for people to enter from countries in conflict and implement safer ways for people to travel to the European Union, among other things.
GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA
New groups and movements to help refugees are being formed all the time and the best way to keep up to date with the latest information is to follow charity and community groups on the social media. To start with join the Bienvenidos Refugiados – Spain group on Facebook where you will find information about neighbourhood groups as well as national movements. On Twitter, messages posted with #BienvenidosRefugiados will also keep you informed.
A RECORD numbers of Britons are flocking to Spain in a bid to avoid holiday Islamic terror hotspots. Huge crowds packed the beaches around Benidorm this week after shunning resorts in Tunisia and Turkey over fears of another Islamic terror attack. However, the Iberian country is facing its highest level of terror threat in more than 10 years, with UK holidaymakers being warned they are “high value” targets for Muslim terrorists.
Express (h/t David Y) Many of those are families returning to traditional holiday spots on Spain’s southern coast over safety fears, after 30 Britons were gunned down in Tunisia. Around 300,000 Britons who had been planning to visit Tunisia had to rebook their holidays at the last minute after the Government advised against all travel to the north African state.
Muslim terrorist Seifeddine Rezgui got high on cocaine before opening fire on innocent civilians as they lay on the beaches surrounding their hotels. It was also thought that last-minute bookings to Greece are down this summer, with people being put off by the country’s debt crisis.
Instead holidaymakers are turning to Spain, swelling the ranks of the 12 million Britons who flock to the country each year to soak up the sun. Spain has received record numbers of tourists this year, with 29.2 million visitors descending on the country already.
However, it is on the frontline of the battle against Isis itself, with security forces having to disrupt groups plotting deadly attacks in Europe and recruiting people to join extremists in Syria and Iraq. As a result, the Foreign Office raised the terror threat level in Spain to “high” in June – just before the Tunisian beach massacre which shocked the world.
A spokesman said: “There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz has warned that the country faces its highest level of terror threat since the 2004 train bombing in Madrid.
A total of 191 people were killed and nearly 2,000 injured when a series of bombs were detonated on four commuter trains. An official investigation into the incident determined that the attacks were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terror cell.
Mr Fernandez Diaz said: “We are at the maximum alert level since the attacks of March 11, 2004, in Madrid.” He added that the “level 4 alert [out of a maximum of 5] corresponds to a reality”.
“The situation in Iraq and Syria means there is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict.