The Associated Press reports that ISIS has trained at least 400 terrorists ready to attack Europe in a series of waves, similar to the attacks in Paris and Belgium. The attacks are reportedly coordinated to create “the most possible destruction and chaos across the continent.”
After training in Syria, Iraq, Libya and the former Soviet Union, the AP reports that the terrorists will “work semi-autonomously as they infiltrate Europe and prepare their attacks.”
Roughly 5,000 Europeans have already traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups.
This was the modus operandi of the Paris attacks. The mastermind behind the attack reportedly entered Europe and his cohorts “split up and went ‘more or less everywhere.'”
This also appears to be the modus operandi of Najim al-Ashrawi, who reportedly led the attacks in Brussels. He was last seen leaving the Brussels airport just minutes before the suicide vests he prepared exploded.
French Senator Nathalie Goulet, co-leader of a commission tracking terror networks, said,
“Not only did he drop out of sight, but he did so to organize another attack, with accomplices everywhere. With suicide belts. Two attacks organized just like in Paris. And his arrest, since they knew he was going to talk, it was a response: So what if he was arrested? ‘We’ll show you that it doesn’t change a thing.'”
A security official who chose to remain anonymous told the AP,
“The difference is that in 2014, some of these IS fighters were only being given a couple weeks of training,” he said, using another acronym for ISIS. “Now the strategy has changed. Special units have been set up. The training is longer. And the objective appears to no longer be killing as many people as possible but rather to have as many terror operations as possible, so the enemy is forced to spend more money or more in manpower. It’s more about the rhythm of terror operations now.”