By Oisin Sweeney • 05 February 2021 • 20:31
The UN warned that groups such as ISIS are eager to return to the media spotlight - Image Source: Twitter
ISLAMIC TERRORISTS are planning a spate of post-lockdown attacks when Covid restrictions are eased according to a recent UN intelligence report.
According to the United Nations (UN), jihadist terror groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are planning to reassert their notoriety after over a year of absence from the media spotlight. In an intelligence report based on data collected by its member states, the UN warned of a “rash of pre-planned attacks” expected to strike when the world reopens from the pandemic.
The international observer says that ISIS is eager to “end its marginalisation from the news” and has recently told its supporters to spend their time planning attacks against the terror group’s perceived enemies. The UN report says that ISIS propaganda claims Covid-19 to be a “divine punishment of arrogance and unbelief” against westerners and non-adherent Muslims.
Despite the risk of future attacks, both ISIS and Al-Qaeda are facing difficulties. ISIS has lost most of its heartland in the Levant of Syria and Iraq after years of heavy fighting, while Al-Qaeda has lost many key members and has been largely unsuccessful in its attempts to unite jihadist groups in Africa’s Sahel region.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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