The Islamic State has a plan to conquer Rome. Yes, it might sound crazy, but ISIS believes the conquest of Rome is central to its mission.
They believe it is necessary to fulfill what Islam teaches was the prophecy of Muhammed and to prepare the return of the Muslim messiah: the Mahdi.
“ISIS thinks that Rome is one of its primary goals and is in its timetable,” Robert Spencer, author of The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS, said.
“It has a timetable where in the 10 years, by the year 2025, it hopes to bring about Armageddon, the final struggle between good and evil or between the Muslims and the non-Muslims,” he explained. “And that one of the chief stepping stones to that Armageddon battle is the conquest of Rome, which they think they’re going to be able to do with the next five years, by 2020.”
Muslims gathered by the thousands outside of Rome’s Colosseum – a symbol of Christian persecution and martyrdom. ISIS has repeatedly threatened to attack the Colosseum, so you can understand why Italians might get a little nervous about all of this. The protest was in response to the government shutting down what they label as illegal “garage mosques” where Muslims were being radicalized. It is an effort to head terrorism off at the pass and it royally ticked off the Islamic community there.
Adding to the unease there, an imam led the group in chanting “Allahu Akbar!” Again, not exactly comforting to the infidel majority. A couple of months ago, the police set up a high-security perimeter around the Colosseum after ISIS threatened to “conquer” Rome. New entrance gates have also been installed around the Colosseum to enable better surveillance and control by law enforcement, according to Rome’s police chief Nicolò D’Angelo. There are 1.6 million Muslims in Italy now.