Exactly two years after the French capital Paris remembered the gruesome November attacks in which death cult ISIS murdered 130 people at various locations across the city and one year after a lone wolf attacker drove a truck through a Berlin, Germany, Christmas market, ISIS seems to have found a new European target.
In an image posted on Wafa Media Group, an outlet of ISIS, you can see that they claim their next target will be another lone wolf driving a car through a crowd near the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
At the top left of the poster is the message ‘Christmas blood’ with the line ‘so wait’ written underneath in red.
These messages normally do not warn of an organized plot but are a call to arms for any lone wolf attacker willing to pledge allegiance to ISIS and carry out the terrorist strike they demand. The ISIS lone wolf in Berlin last year, Anis Amri had also recorded a video in which he swore allegiance to the group of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
There is not much further than lone wolf attackers at this point for ISIS it seems as their 'caliphate', their self-declared Muslim territory, has ended with the captured of Raqqa and Dier Ezzor last month. Their last two strongholds in Syria quickly fell after the capture of Mosul in Iraq during the summer.
However, those lone attackers are very hard to predict for police forces worldwide. In the US, there have been two such attacks already.
Just last month Sayfullo Saipov drove a rental truck down a bike path in New York and killed eight. And two years ago, Rizwan Farook and his wife attacked innocent bystanders in San Bernardino, California, at a work Christmas party.