Italy is on 'very high terrorism alert', says Interior Min

Some 50 Italians fighting with ISIS, new strict measures ready

29 September, 13:24

    Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - Italy is on an extremely high level of alert for possible terrorist attacks even though no specific threats have been made, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday. 
    Italy is supporting the international campaign to combat the ISIS Islamist militant group in Syria and Iraq, but is not conducting air strikes.
    "The alert for Italy is high, even in the absence of a specific threat," Alfano said at a sidelines of a security conference in Brussels.
    "This is because Italy is part of the big international coalition that is combatting terrorism, because it is the seat of Christianity (in Rome) and because of other important decisions that parliament has made in recent months.

    Alfano added that he had prepared "very strict rules" and was ready "to bring them before the government and parliament". One "regards tight police control over persons who may be considered at risk," Alfano said. The norm would better specify preventive measures "that are now applied to the Mafia" but also "fill the gap in the law which makes it very difficult to punish those who want to go abroad to fight, although they are not the recruiter."

    "I believe we need to strengthen passenger registration in the Schengen area for flights and transit to better monitor the possibility that some Europeans go on those theaters of war to fight, and maybe, after being further radicalized, come back with the intention of carrying out the strategy of 'a thousand cuts' needed to bleed the enemy, as Islamic State theorists argue."

    A senior police official said Monday that around 50 Italian nationals were fighting alongside the ISIS Islamist militant group in Syria and Iraq. "A consolidated list has been created that enables us to know the exact size of the phenomenon and all of its various nuances," Claudio Galzerano, the head of the International Antiterrorism Division of preventative policing unit UCIGOS, told Sky television. "When you count all the people involved, we are under 50. "We have a precise count of how many Italians have gone to fight with ISIS because there is an excellent level of osmosis in the Italian security community, with the intelligence side on one hand and law enforcement on the other".(ANSAmed).

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