Italian police issued six arrest warrants Thursday for people suspected of plotting to join ISIS, with at least 3 conspiring to carry out attacks in Rome, specifically on the Vatican and the Israeli embassy, Reuters reported.

A transcript of the wire-tapped phone conversations between three of the suspects mentions the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in the Italian capital as potential targets.

“I swear I will be the first to attack them in this Italy of crusaders, I swear I’ll attack it, in the Vatican God willing,” one of the arrested men is quoted as telling the man on the run in the transcript.

Authorities said one of the suspects, Abderrahim Moutahrrick, is a Moroccan-born national residing in Italy who had received orders from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) to conduct an attack in Rome specifically during the Holy Year of Mercy.

Moutahrrick is reported to have had communications with someone in ISIS held territory via WhatsApp reading: “Dear brother Abderrahim, I send you… the bomb poem… listen to the sheik and strike”, the referenced “sheik” being ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In an image released by Italian police, Abderrahim Moutaharrik is seen a keffiyeh and a black shirt styled after the IS flag. (Italian Police)
In an image released by Italian police, Abderrahim Moutaharrik is seen a keffiyeh and a black shirt styled after the IS flag. (Italian Police)

Warrants were also issued arrest warrants for a Moroccan man, Mohamed Koraichi, and his Italian wife who had left Italy last year to travel to Iraq or Syria where ISIS controls territory. to join ISIS. Mohamed Koraichi is suspected of being the man who communicated with Moutahrrick to carry out the attacks.

Another Moroccan man who was planning to travel with them, identified as Abderrahmane Khachia, 23, was arrested in the northern city of Varese, prosecutors said.

In an audio message intercepted by authorities, Abderrahim is reported to have replied to Koraichi “ I swear I will be the first to attack…in this crusading Italy…the Vatican with the will of God.”

ISIS has many time stated its burning desire to attack and conquer Rome, while often mentioning the Islamic conquest of Jerusalem and Constantinople as precedents.

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  1. I believe very strongly that if the Vatican was attacked, you would have Crusades 2!! I personally as a Catholic would have no hesitation in joining this Crusade against Islam, and there would only be one winner- I guarantee that! This is not bravado, but I reckon the Christians joined by our Jewish brethren and other Christians would really get rid of this Cancer called ISIS or as I prefer to call them, because of their use of hiding behind women and children- cowards!! The Americans and the British Governments are playing at being an Army to defeat this Terrorist network, who are really the scum of the Earth. They are not humans. They are below animals especially pigs who have no intelligence! I hope that really offended them?!

  2. I too would join the Crusade against Islam; and stand for my Catholic Faith; just as Constantine did, and for our Lord and SAVIOUR Jesus. If the good ones remain silent; evil prevails..

  3. ISIS has some nerve threatening the heart of our faith bring on the new Crusade I would gladly fight against isis and its tyranny.

  4. Brothers why we wont prepare now , when the time comes we are ready to defend our church, faith and heritage. Are you willing to organise?

  5. I personality would join the crusade but I think they would have to deal with the MAFIA also you do not see them in Sicily do you? I think they would really be sorry if they ever attacked Italy or Sicily. I think this country is well protected by the MAFIA.

  6. I really believe in the power of prayers and I am a lebanese Catholic living with lebanese Muslims and they are not terrorist. ISIS is a satanic movement and to be defeated we need to spread love instead of hatred. So no I won’t join the crusade. Instead help us defeat ISIS by convincing your governments to stop helping the terrorists in Syria and other Arab countries. Ask your countries about the reasons that made ISIS a worldwide terrorist movement. Why did they let that happen?? Simply because they and Israel made ISIS . The Jews crucified our Lord and they are doing it over and over. Their biggest dream now to see the Christians against the Muslims and then they will rule the world. Wake up guys. We believe in our Lord and He said no army can defeat My Kingdom cause His weapons are spiritual ones.

  7. Isis terrorism is a satanic movement against Christians. This is the fruit of Islamic religion which is confusing the world from terrorism. The religion it self is interiorlly unable to help the Muslims. We have secret weapons to fight against the terrorists for victory. We have to defeat them through our prayers, faith, love and truth. With these powers where the devil can stand?


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