Jihadists have been increasingly writing in Spanish and targeting Spanish speakers in Spain. ISIS has been texting, tweeting, and producing videos and propaganda in Spanish according to Spain’s counter-terrorism forces.
The ISIS-linked Wafa Media Foundation recently urged north Africans living in the Maghreb area (Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya) to attack Spanish citizens. It announced:
“Anywhere you consider a valid target to punish Spanish criminals, by any means.”
The UK Express recently reported on a thwarted terrorist effort in Spain, in which Muslim Migrants from Morocco used fake IDs and attempted to send money to aid ISIS.
ISIS has even been analyzing Spain’s election results, to “increases the possibility of a terror attack in our territory,” authorities speculate.
The Express reports:
Spain has been on high anti-terror alert, level four out of a threat level scale of one to five, since last June.
Level 5 is “very high” and would involve the mobilisation of the Armed Forces to guarantee security in the streets and at strategic locations, or even the restriction and control of Spanish airspace.
Investigators profiled 150 alleged jihadis arrested by Spanish authorities from 2013 to May, 2016. They found that:
- 86 percent of detainees were members of ISIS,
- 94 percent participated in activities relating to ISIS terrorism
- Only 6 percent acted as so-called ‘lone wolves.’
ISIS jihadis are determined to terrorize Spain as part of its campaign to reclaim it for Islam.
The Umayyad conquest of Spain began in 711 AD. By 720 nearly the entire Iberian Peninsula was under Muslim control.
The Muslims lost power in 1492.