In December 2016, Europol released a statement warning that ISIS was likely to soon enact plans to stage large scale terror attacks in multiple states across the EU. The operations have been planned since 2013 but are now being accelerated due to ISIS’ territorial losses in the Middle East to coalition forces.
Research by Disobedient Media indicates that ISIS maintains a massive network of operatives throughout the EU. This network is primarily comprised of combat veterans and command figures from Syria and Iraq in addition to organized criminal networks controlled by recruits of the terror group. ISIS maintains established control over many impoverished neighborhoods throughout Europe and has access to a large number of weapons and equipment provided by criminal enterprises in Southern and Eastern Europe. If confirmed, the research indicates that ISIS may in fact be planning to commit a high casualty terror event within the next one to two years, possibly attempting to capture ground in Europe while doing so.