The newest Islamic terror assault in Europe — what place a knife- and Quran-wielding jihadist fatally slashed three folks in a church in Nice, France (practically decapitating certainly one of them) — can now be added to the world’s latest however nonetheless largely unread guide on terrorist journey techniques: He illegally infiltrated Europe’s borders posing as a migrant-refugee to succeed in his French goal, according to French officials.
In coming into Europe utilizing this extremely efficient clandestine infiltration methodology, 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui joins scores of attacking, plotting Islamic terrorists who’ve crossed Europe’s borders as unlawful aliens since 2014, hiding amongst numerically larger migrants and refugees — and nonetheless come despite the fact that Europe’s so-called migrant crisis supposedly led to 2017.
An “Exit Slip” and a Red Cross Identification Card
The accused border-infiltrating terrorist is a Tunisian who, apparently angered by France’s latest vow to uphold the free-speech proper of cartoonists to attract Prophet Muhammed, illegally voyaged September 14 over the Mediterranean Sea on a migrant boat and reached the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20.
The Italians quarantined him there for 14 days with the remainder of the migrants as a part of a coronavirus containment coverage. Aouissaoui registered with the Italian Red Cross and acquired an official identification card however didn’t apply for political asylum, according to a report in The Guardian. On October 9, he by some means made his manner on a small boat to the Italian mainland port of Bari.
There, with so many Tunisians clogging Italy’s repatriation course of, the authorities let go him with an “exit slip”, requiring him to go away the nation inside seven days. An analogous form of course of happens on the American southern border throughout migrant surges, what place migrants are let go with a “notice to appear” in court docket.
Of course, Aouissaoui didn’t go residence. He used his Italian Red Cross identification card to board a practice for France. It arrived Thursday, the identical day Aouissaoui staged his bloody assault contained in the church, shouting “Allahu akbar!” (God is biggest) at the same time as police shot and critically wounded him.
Many Came Before
The Nice knife attacker’s methodology of reaching his goal is hardly uncommon. It’s solely the most recent of many simply this yr, which tragically show how this new international terrorist border infiltration phenomenon has continued unabated within the yr for the reason that Center for Immigration Studies quantified and analyzed it within the research titled “What Terrorist Migration Over European Borders Can Teach About American Border Security”. As many as 150 terrorists who received by Europe’s land and marine borders with different migrants since 2014, by my rely, have performed scores of assaults which have killed and wounded many a whole lot of individuals in a dozen international locations. These embrace the newest beheading of a Paris schoolteacher for discussing the Mohammed cartoon controversy and four Tajikistani migrants caught plotting to bomb U.S. air bases in Germany this previous spring.
Many of the migrant-terrorists got here through Lampedusa Island and the ocean route from northern Africa in the course of the 2014-2017 European migrant disaster. They nonetheless do, as I reported here in May when Italians fortunately caught the so-called “ISIS Rapper” Majed Abdel Bary, certainly one of Europe’s most-wanted terrorists, after he, too, used the route on a migrant boat.
Lessons for American Homeland Security
American homeland safety planners and professionals, contending with multiple thousand migrants a yr coming over the U.S. southern border from the identical Islamic nations, together with Tunisia, may take inventory of Europe’s varied safety responses to its terrorist border infiltration disaster.
As CIS’s research and the primary chapter of my forthcoming guide America’s Covert Border War extensively element, the European Union has responded with a wide range of strategies to scale back the migration flows from Islamic international locations what place jihadist ideology and terrorist organizations are prevalent. Yet the routes nonetheless exist, ferrying 141,846 migrants over EU exterior borders in 2019, in accordance the EU border company Frontex’s 2020 risk evaluation, practically 24,000 of them utilizing the Western Mediterranean route that Aouissaoui used.
U.S. homeland safety and border administration businesses ought to think about all of those instances as purple flag warnings to up their game concerning safety vetting at our own borders, what place migrant asylum-seekers from all the identical Muslim-majority international locations regularly show up from Mexico after traveling through Latin America.