Worries Over the Possibility of ISIS Spreading Deadly Virus by Using Drones

The head of the top counter-terrorism agency in Europe has revealed that some radical Islamist jihadists being influenced by or drawing inspiration from terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda or ISIS could be working on spreading biological agents.
 
 
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LAS VEGAS - Aug. 27, 2019 - PRLog -- The head of the top counter-terrorism agency in Europe has revealed that some radical Islamist jihadists being influenced by or drawing inspiration from terrorist groups could be working on spreading biological agents.

Drones have been deployed by ISIS militants before to maintain hold on the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. The drones were used by the militants to locate the positions of their enemies and drop bombs on them.

Gilles de Kerchove (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/fight-against-terrorism/counter-terrorism-coordinator/), the coordinator of the counterterrorism agency of the European Union has warned that jihadists living in Europe could attack crowded public events with a biological weapon by using drones to drop them.

A defense think tank based in London called the Royal United Services Institute held a conference recently. At the event, Kerchove revealed that a major security services concern now after the loss of territories in Syria and Iraq to ISIS is the possibility of a solo radical Islamist performing an act of terrorism in the West, resulting in mass casualty.

Militant groups such as ISIS and the Lebanese Shiite's Hezbollah have been known to deploy drones in the operations and there's grave potential danger of attaching a chemical substance to drones and using it to attack public places such as stadiums, parades, etc.

Reports reveal that ISIS has used drones to conduct attacks near Monsul. These attacks have been described as quick, difficult to prevent, hard to detect and since they are aerial attacks, they are difficult to defend against.

One of the biggest concerns is that if there is a biological or chemical attack, the targets would be civilians, as proven by their attacks in recent years https://usdgs.com/the-disturbing-possibility-of-isis-utilizing-combat-drones-still-looms/. For instance, the deadly attack in Paris that occurred in November 2015 and orchestrated by ISIS saw a small cell of jihadists enter Paris with weapons such as suicide belts and guns. 130 people were killed at a restaurant, a bar, a football stadium, and a concert hall.

In 2015, the European Parliament urged its constituent nations to be ready for the possibility of ISIS carrying out a biological or chemical attack. Every year, there are reports of about 150 cases of smuggling toxic substances into the borders.

One of the reports specified that there's a high risk of a terrorist attack on European soil and the likely chemicals to be used are ricin, anthrax, or sarin.

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