CNN recently reported on a reality all to familiar with Libyan Immigration Police: ISIS fighters are disguising themselves as refugees to enter other countries to commit terrorist attacks.
Ismail al-Shukri, a police commander, told CNN, “ISIS can be among the illegal immigrants on the boats. They travel with their families, without weapons as normal illegal immigrants. They will wear American dress and have English language papers so they cause no suspicion.”
CNN Senior International Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh, who accompanied police near Tripoli to a warehouse raid, reported:
“But there is a new threat here, smugglers and police telling us that ISIS have hidden fighters among other groups of migrants bound for Europe. This trade in human souls is awful enough until you think that perhaps ISIS are using this passage of human life into Europe to try and infiltrate the continent with sleeper cells. Police tell us off-camera they’ve caught different, other migrants with ISIS links and a top Libyan intelligence officials warns us, the threat is real.”
Walsh spoke to a smuggler who explained that he and other smugglers frequently ferry ISIS members from Libya to European ports.
“Do you and other smugglers feel comfortable moving people who may be ISIS towards Europe?” Walsh asked him. He replied, “Smugglers are only interested in smuggling. Only money matters.”