We Will Conquer Your Rome: A Study of Islamic State Terror Plots in the West



Martha Turnbull, Head of the National Security Research Group, National Security Directorate,Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Robin Simcox, National Security Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and report author.

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 30th September 2015

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

 To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant3@henryjacksonsociety.org


The Islamic State (IS) presently controls significant amounts of land throughout Iraq and Syria. However, its ambitions are not restricted to this territory. Within days of announcing its ‘Caliphate’, the self-appointed ‘Caliph’, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, vowed that IS would eventually “conquer Rome”. An audio message released on 21 September 2014, saw Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, an IS spokesman, attempt to ratchet up the threat. He instructed IS supporters to carry out attacks in the West – no matter how crude. There has subsequently been an increase in IS-linked plots that have emerged in the West.

The Henry Jackson Society invites you to a launch of its latest report, “We Will Conquer Your Rome: A Study of Islamic State Terror Plots in the West”. This report provides a unique insight into the plots that have emerged since the declaration of the ‘Caliphate’, profiling the backgrounds of the individuals involved, the tactics being used in the plots and then producing a statistical breakdown examining the trends that are developing.



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