The Italian government is taking the threat from ISIS seriously and with good reason. In October, the ISIS magazine DabiqÂ published a cover with the jihadist groupâ€™s black flag flying above St. Peterâ€™s Square. The article, â€œThe Failed Crusade,â€ called for a war against the Catholic Church.
ISIS released a chilling video a few weeks ago showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach. The camera then cut to a militant pointing his knife at Italy and promising to â€œconquer Rome, by Allahâ€™s permission.â€ And last week, an ISIS-affiliated Twitter account promised homosexuals would soon be tossed from Italyâ€™s â€œLeaning tower of Pizza.â€
Reports now sayÂ Italy sent warships forÂ exercises in the Libyan shores to intimidate ISIS . The move worked, several sourcesÂ confirmed that ISIS ran scared.
Italian military sources said that severalÂ Italian Navy ships were already deployedÂ yesterday towards Libya claiming Â to conduct naval exercises on the territorial waters of the shores of Tripoli borders.Â But a spokesman from the Ministry of Defense stated that the maneuvers aimed at terrifying ISIS.
The call by ISIS to evacuate completely from Derna, which surprised most people ordered all fighters to get out quickly which started atÂ midnight on Friday through Saturday in which ISIS fled to the nearby mountain at Ras Al-Hilal area.
â€œMost camps, government buildings occupied by groups loyal to ISISÂ are freeÂ of militantsâ€ one local stated adding â€œWe were surprised by this escape which had noÂ obvious reasons so far and even our contact with leaders of the army did not confirm anyÂ progress or any movement byÂ the army towards the city.â€
Initially, one LibyanÂ military leader guessed that the sudden move might be repositioning themselves inÂ mountainous areas that provide a natural coverÂ from fighter jets.
Yet, several sources from within the city of Derna Libya confirmed that ISISÂ escaped from the city, at a time when Italy declared that the Italian warships were coming.
The Italian media are saying that Italy is sending ships from its Navy towards the Libyan shores and it seems thatÂ Italy may be preparing for a direct action in Libya.
Italy understands that they are dealing with an enemy that requires an offensive strategy . Leading from behind is futile. Maybe this move will help Obama realize that.