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

"We know they would like to have a maritime arm"

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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