Aug 29 2014
Islamic State (ISIS) laptop seized in Syria reveals that the terror group is trying to develop a biological weapon
Shocking plans to develop weaponized bubonic plague have been found on a laptop captured from ISIS, with a document on the machine claiming that ‘casualties can be huge’. The computer was recovered from an Isis hideout in Syria by a moderate rebel commander called Abu Ali. ISIS has a $2 billion+ war chest with which to carry out its terrorist plots.
UK Daily Mail He said that ISIS fled from the building before his men stormed it. A dusty laptop was found inside, which was then handed over to a pair of investigative journalists.
They trawled through the computer’s files and discovered a disturbing 19-page document containing instructions for making weaponised bubonic plague (biological name Yersinias pestis), including the steps needed for testing it.
‘The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,’ the document states, according to Foreignpolicy.com.
It stated that testing should be done on small mice first. It added: ‘When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours.’
The laptop belonged to a Tunisian chemistry and physics student called Muhammed S, who it’s thought joined the terrorist group in Syria.
However, Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management, at the Royal United Services Institute, downplayed the danger the find signified. She told MailOnline: ‘This is nothing a security analyst wouldn’t expect to find on a jihadist laptop. We’ve seen it time and time again.
‘Plus, biological weapons are extremely unpredictable and their spread cannot be predicted or controlled. This is why regimes and terrorist groups have been so reluctant to use them.
‘They are slow acting, can’t be geographically contained and are as likely to hurt you as the enemy. That’s why, while lots of groups look into them, but most never use them.’
She added that bubonic plague ‘can be treated with simple antibiotics these days.