While Americans debate gun control and the role Islam plays in Islamic terror, and the White House wrangles over what, and what not, to call a terrorist attack in the wake of the San Bernardino, California, massacre, a new European Parliament briefing warns that ISIS is set to use chemical, biological, and even nuclear weapons in their jihadi war against the West.
According to the report, titled “ISIL/Da’esh and ‘non-conventional’ weapons of terror,” the European Union and its member states must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory by the self-styled “Islamic State” in Iraq and the Levant (known variously as IS, ISIS, or ISIL, and by the Arabic acronym “Da’esh”). Immediately following the latest attack in Paris, the jihadist terrorist group threatened further attacks in European cities.
While the focus of the European Parliament briefing is recognizing that ISIS will potentially use biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction on the civilian populations of Western cities, the report also points out that European citizens have yet to “seriously” recognize the possibility.
“At present, European citizens are not seriously contemplating the possibility that extremist groups might use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials during attacks in Europe. Under these circumstances, the impact of such an attack, should it occur, would be even more destabilising.”
The Daily Mail reports that ISIS has actively been recruiting chemistry, physics, and computer science experts to join the ISIS jihadi war effort by lending their skills to creating chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction to unleash against the West.
Making their message rather plain, the European Parliament report on ISIS states that ISIS “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks.”
The report on ISIS’s potential for using chemical and biological weapons into Western cities has been written in the aftermath of the Islamic terrorist massacre in Paris, and says that ISIS has already smuggled the ingredients for weapons of mass destruction into Europe.
The failure of European Union governments to share terrorists’ and ISIS’ information with one another is a major concern of experts, and a failure they believe ISIS will likely exploit.
The head of Europol, Rob Wainwright, made his concerns about ISIS using chemical, biological and other WMDs very clear following the attacks on Paris, saying, “We are dealing with a very serious, well-resourced, determined international terrorist organisation that is now active on the streets of Europe. This represents the most serious terrorist threat faced in Europe for 10 years.”
The Associate Fellow in Chatham House’s International Security Department, Nomi Bar-Yaacov, agrees with Wainright, saying in a chilling statement that “there is a very real risk of ISIS using unconventional weapons in Europe and beyond.”
Finally, the Director of NATO’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-Proliferation Centre, Wolfgang Rudischhauser, said that “ISIS actually has already acquired the knowledge, and in some cases the human expertise, that would allow it to use CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) materials as weapons of terror.”
Among the other warnings given to European Union governments and intelligence services, in an effort to try and collaborate their efforts against ISIS and Islamic terrorists, is to be vigilant for “other radicalized individuals, who have access to, or work in, sensitive areas.”
This would reportedly include authorities screening jihadi terrorists on their way back into Europe from the Middle Eastern battle fields that might have “specialist (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) knowledge.”
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also recently warned that the danger of an ISIS chemical, biological or other WMD attack in France was all too real.
For their part, British police forces have been conducting drills on how to handle different terrorist attacks, but European Union officials emphasized that Western citizens need to be made more aware of ISIS and other Islamic terrorists’ intentions to use chemical, biological and other WMDs in future terrorist attacks.
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