In a recently released video that showed the killing of 21 Christians in Libya, all but one of them Egyptian, the Islamic State issued an ominous warning: “Today we are south of Rome,” one masked militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.”
Supporters of the Islamic State have begun using a hashtag to warn of their plan to reach “Rome”: #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome
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ISIS threatened Rome. At least some Italians responded with Twitter jokes.
In its videotaped killing of Coptic Christians earlier this month, the Islamic State in Libya showed a masked fighter pointing across the Mediterranean towards Europe. “We will conquer Rome, God willing,” he said.
That threat was echoed in social media accounts of the extremist group and its sympathizers, and flagged by a group that monitors terrorist activity online. Rita Katz, who heads SITE Intelligence Group, posted on Twitter that ISIS militants and their allies were tweeting threats to invade Rome under the hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome. (No word on why it’s “O” instead of “To”).
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) February 19, 2015
The chaos in Libya has allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in the country, raising international alarm and real concern in Italy’s government that violence in the former Italian colony could spill over the Mediterranean.
But online, Twitter users inside and outside Italy weren’t impressed with the threats of an actual invasion of Rome. Many responded with humor, and satirical warnings to ISIS fighters about the city’s notorious transportation woes.
— Mauro Giulivi (@Giulivello) February 20, 2015
Tomorrow is strike of public transport. Good luck. #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome
— Alessandro Cocco (@AleCocco84) February 19, 2015