By Charlie Bartlett from London
As if it is not enough for shipping in the Mediterranean that it is being seen as a migrant rescue service, there are now warnings that those same vessels could be harbouring Islamic State (IS) terrorists.
In May, a leaked EU strategy paper outlining a year-long Libyan air and naval campaign “to fight the migrants traffickers in accordance with international law”, noted: “The potential presence of hostile forces, extremists or terrorists such as [Islamic State] should also be taken into consideration.”
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Maritime Security News:
Question: Faced with migrants and terrorists is private security the answer for Med shipping?
Answer: Um… no. I think we’ll all know when that time has come.