A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - RTR4BHO3
A member loyal to ISIS waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. Reuters

ISIS Wants Its Own Navy to Attack Cruise Ships, NATO Officer Warns

Jan 31, 2016

ISIS militants want to build their own navy to attack cruise ships in the Mediterranean, a senior NATO naval officer has warned.

ISIS is looking to expand its reign of terror to international waters as it grows in influence in Libya, Vice-Admiral Clive Johnstone told the U.K. Telegraph. "We know they have had ambitions to go off shore,” Johnstone said. "We know they would like to have a maritime arm, just as Al-Qaeda had a maritime arm.”

The commander of NATO’s maritime command also said there is now the “horrible opportunity” a cruise liner or container ship could be hit as ISIS casts an “uncomfortable shadow” along the Libyan coast.

[The Telegraph]

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