Wednesday 22 April 2009, by Adnkronos
The Italian government investigated 216 terror threats against Italy last year, concluding that Islamist cells were the «primary threat to the public interest, both Italy and abroad.» The extent of the terror threats were revealed in an anti-terrorism report presented to the department of information security. Al Qaeda «is still playing a central role» according to the government report, and the northern region of Lombardy is one of the main strongholds of Italian radicalism «where elements already known to the police are being joined by new recruits and gradually replaced.» The report also cited the importance of the Internet in Islamist terror activity, citing that it «has become a primary reference point and source of inspiration for so-called lone terrorists seeking to wage jihad.»
This article concerning Italian reports on terrorist threats in the country highlights the ways in which new mediums, namely the Internet, are becoming enormously important in examining the complicated networks related to terror activity. It brings to light the fact that such ongoing concerns of radical Islam must follow different and new tools for sharing and finding information, and possible mobilization.