A terror warning has been issued by the United States State Department for US citizens abroad, following a threat from ISIS/the Islamic State, which vowed to bathe the Vatican in Christmas blood next month. ISIS threatened both the Vatican and Pope Bergoglio himself via posters which were circulated across social media last week.
The first poster depicts a masked man/ISIS style driving a vehicle toward the Vatican. Next to him, you can see an automated rifle and a backpack, presumably filled with explosives. The caption on the poster reads: Christmas Blood: So Wait.
The poster is the brainchild of Wafa Media Foundation, which is a pro ISIS organization. Here’s what the experts had to say about the online-activity of the pro-jihadist group:
1) My comments about a pro-#ISIS media group’s threat to the #Vatican. This threat, like others recently issued by pro-ISIS media groups, is a specific directive within ISIS’ larger push for ISIS inspired attacks in the west amidst losses https://t.co/wcBgdVbDxf pic.twitter.com/JtPl64adZm
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) November 16, 2017
That sounds pretty much obvious to anyone paying attention, i.e. ISIS tends to keep its promises when it comes to terrorism against the infidels in the West. The same day ISIS’ PR campaign was spreading on social media, the US Department of State issued a travel warning for US citizens. The warning is dubbed Europe Travel Alert and warns Americans about “heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.”
There was no specific mention of direct threats; however, the Europe Travel Alert did cite a series of very recent terror-attacks in Russia, Sweden, France, Spain, the UK and Finland, which, let me quote again: “demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”
A successful terrorist attack on the Vatican would make for a big prize for the Islamic State, as Vatican is regarded as a symbol of Crusader West. And to threaten Vatican is the equivalent of threatening the West and Christians. A few days after the initial poster was circulated on social media, a second one appeared, depicting an ISIS jihadist holding Pope Bergoglio’s severed head.