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Italy minister warns about Islamic threat at home

September 9, 2014

ROME (AP) — Italy’s interior minister has warned about the potential threat that Islamic militants pose to Italy and Europe as a whole, saying the Islamic State group has the ambition, financing and manpower to spread terrorism that no other organization has ever had.

Angelino Alfano told Parliament on Tuesday that 48 people from Italy had volunteered to fight in Syria, two of them Italian citizens. While there is no specific threat to Italy, Alfano said: “We shouldn’t minimize the risk of concrete threat” posed by the militants to “conquer Rome,” given it is the seat of Catholicism.

In a lengthy address, Alfano revealed that authorities are working with imams, and are monitoring numerous websites to identify possible recruiting attempts.

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