A woman astrologer by the name of Baba Vanga (Vangelia) Pandeva died in 1996. But, before her death, she created a reputation of predicting many of the major global events like the tsunami of 2004 or the attack on the Twin Towers. She made an interesting prediction about Islam in Europe as well.

She prophesied that 2016 would be the year Muslims will invade the continent, and that “great Islamic war” would begin in Syria culminating in complete control of Rome by 2043.

So how close to reality is her prediction about Rome in particular?

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ISIS Threat

It was February of last year that the the terrorist organization ISIS announced that it intended to invade Rome as it is positioned itself in Libya and right at the doorstep of Italy.  The country has one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe.

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The threat was made on a video released at that time by ISIS along with the showing of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt in Libya.

By being relatively closed geographically, many people who have left Libya goes to Italy. This is made worse by the rise of lucrative illegal smuggling of people to southern European destinations to flee ISIS, Communities Digital News reports.

ISIS could use its foreign fighters from Italy, Libya or Tunisia to launch an attack against Italy, according to analyst Tom Sanderson of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The likelier scenario is that the Islamic State inspiring a radical Muslim within Italy to commit a terrorist act, same with how the French brothers who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, the International Business Times reports,

“ISIS does not have to send a team from Libya to Vatican City or Rome to conduct an attack,”…”They can ignite individuals who are already there.” Sanderson said.

The Muslim population in Italy was 1.5 million in 2010. It is estimated that the number will double by the year 2030, according to Pew Research Center.