Thursday, September 19, 2019
Smuggler claims he will get Islamic State jihadis into Europe for $8,000
All of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. The political and media elites charge foes of mass Muslim migration into Europe with racism and Islamophobia, but is it racism and Islamophobia to recall that in February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees? Or that the Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country?
Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all. So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe and now the US as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September 2015, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadis had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: "It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world and we will have it soon, inshallah." These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: "They're going like refugees," he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, "Just wait."
On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.
Athens, Greece — Human smuggling's a big business in Athens and CBS News has found evidence that ISIS members are being moved through Greece to the rest of Europe.
In central Athens, an area around Omonia Square's notorious as a center of criminal activity where human smuggling gangs operate. Filming with a hidden camera, CBS News set up a meeting with Alrayes. He comes from North Africa and runs a smuggling syndicate, moving people from Athens to western Europe for around $8,000 each.
"‘From Athens, you go [to] Italy, you arrive there in Italy. I have people will help you with everything. It’s very easy," he said.
His usual customers are migrants and refugees. Hundreds of thousands have come to Greece from the Middle East, many making the dangerous crossing by boat. They’re dreaming of a better life in western Europe and Alrayes and other smugglers can get them there.
I posed not as a refugee, but as an ISIS wife, who wanted safe passage to Germany. "No problem," Alrayes said. In fact, he said, he’s moved other ISIS members before.
He even bragged that he’d smuggled 3 brothers of notorious al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a claim CBS News can't confirm. The smugglers use stolen identity documents. CBS News went undercover again, this time posing as smugglers and found criminals with hundreds of them for sale in Athens, including US passports. They try to match their customers with an ID photo they resemble.
Then the smugglers use the stolen documents to fly people from Athens to Spain or Italy, where they claim security's lax. From there, they can travel anywhere in western Europe with no border checks
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