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ISIS may be testing chemical weapons as terror group


rapidly expands, reports Fox News.
In Uncategorized on January 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

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ashington, D.C.) In a chilling story that seems ripped from the pages of The Third Target and
The First Hostage, Fox News is reporting that there is growing evidence that ISIS is
experimenting with chemical weapons, and that the number of foreign fighters [has] hit a new
high.
Last year, just 20,000 foreign fighters were operating as part of the ISIS shock troops, Fox
reports. Now that number has skyrocketed to 36,000, and they come from 120 countries.
Former deputy CIA director Mike Morrell, testifying before Congress on ISISs development of
chemical weapons capabilities, warned that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the leaders of ISIS have
made two things very clear publicly in documents that have come out. One is that if they acquire
these weapons they would use and they wouldnt care that the vast majority of those killed were
civilians. and they have also provided a religious justification very similar to Al Qaedas, in fact I
think it is identical to Al Qaedas justification for using such weapons.

This is not the first report of ISIS pursuing chemical weapons. I first cited a spate of news
stories about this last August.
It should not be surprising that the Islamic State is pursuing the development and deployment of
chemical weapons. Its leaders and members have apocalyptic, genocidal ambitions. They want to
find ways to kill larger and larger numbers of infidels. They want to bring about the end of the
world as we know it, and usher in the coming of the their messiah known as the Mahdi, all to
build a global Islamic kingdom or caliphate. Their fervency and urgency and their barbaric
savagery is what is attracting so many foreign fighters.
This is the very premise of my latest series of political thrillers. Unfortunately, what Ive written
about as fiction is not fiction at all its the ISIS game plan and it is extremely
dangerous. President Obama and the presidential front-runners give no evidence that they
understand the threat of Apocalyptic Islam. But its time to take their heads out of the proverbial
sand. The threat is real, and its growing.
Excerpts from the Fox News report:

There is growing evidence that ISIS is experimenting with chemical weapons as the
number of foreign fighters hits a new high, according to current and former government
officials.

Photos taken by the Kurds in northern Iraq last summer and fall and reviewed by Fox
News show burns and blistering on the skin that a source on the ground there said are
consistent with the use of chemical agents. The agents were described as odorless,
colorless and absorbed through the clothing, causing burns or illness hours later.

I think its, could be a perfect testing ground, former FBI intelligence officer Timothy
Gil Sr. said. They (ISIS) were particularly interested in using these chemicals in
confined space environments, soft targets like shopping malls and movie theaters.

Gill who is doing his own independent research for an upcoming international conference
on weapons of mass destruction said there is a disturbing trend, that ISIS is using safe
havens in Syria, Iraq and potentially Libya as laboratories to learn how chemical agents
impact the battlefield, with the goal of sharing their expertise via social media with ISIS
followers outside the region.

Its enough to use in a crude weapon that could really push the panic button, Gill
said. This now provides an opportunity to say this is working, were now going to push
this out to any potential lone wolf, lone actor that may have a background in chemistry.'

A doctor who was in northern Iraq last year and asked not to be identified for security
reasons, said he treated Kurdish fighters whom ISIS used as lab rats for WMD, adding
that the variety of burns and illnesses over several weeks suggested to him that mustard
gas, precursors, as well as neurotoxic acids were being tested.

While ISIS tries to broaden its use of unconventional weaponry, the terror group also has
broadened its appeal. A US intelligence official confirms to Fox News the number of
foreign fighters has hit a new high more than 36,000 from 120 countries since the
conflict began in 2011, including at least 6,600 from Western countries.

A year ago, at the worldwide threat hearing on Capitol Hill, where the U.S. intelligence
community publicly presented its global view on terrorism, the Director of National
Intelligence, James Clapper said that since the conflict began, more than 20,000 foreign
fighters from 90 countries had travelled to the region. A key figure is the number of
countries affected, with the extremist ideology now drawing followers from 60 percent of
the worlds nations.

During congressional testimony before the House Armed Services Committee


Wednesday, former senior intelligence officials said ISIS is expanding.

ISIS has gained affiliates faster than Al Qaeda ever did from nothing a year ago, there
are now militant groups in nearly 20 countries that have sworn allegiance to ISIS,
former CIA deputy director Mike Morell said. They have conducted attacks that have
already killed Americans.

On the development of unconventional weapons, Morell added, They have made two
things very clear publicly in documents that have come out. One is that if they acquire
these weapons they would use and they wouldnt care that the vast majority of those
killed were civilians. and they have also provided a religious justification very similar to
Al Qaedas, in fact I think it is identical to Al Qaedas justification for using such
weapons.

The Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (ISIS) recently
briefed reporters in Washington DC, emphasizing the overall trend line is in the right
direction, pointing to progress securing the Turkish border to stem the flow of foreign
fighters.

This is a challenge like weve never seen before, Brett McGurk said, The world has
never seen something like this, upwards of 35,000 now foreign fighters from 100
countries all around the world supercharged by social media and Twitter and everything.