Could biological weapons be next on ISIS’ list? An ISIS laptop discovered by moderate Syrian rebel group reveals that they just might.
Abu Ali, a commander of the Syrian rebel group, brought the laptop to Foreign Policy‘s attention. He said about the laptop: “We found the laptop and the power cord in a room. I took it with me. But I have no clue if it still works or if it contains anything interesting.”
The Dell laptop actually did work when Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa from Foreign Policy turned it on. Although the files at first seemed to be empty, there were a total of 146 gigabytes of “hidden files” containing documents in English, French, and Arabic held on the laptop.
They include material to be expected on a terrorist laptop, including videos of Osama Bin Laden and how to make bombs; but they also reveal evidence that the owner of the laptop was teaching himself about biological weapons.
The owner of the laptop is one Tunisian man named Muhammad S., who studied chemistry and physics in Tunisia.
What is most shocking on the laptop is a nineteen page Arabic document about creating biological weapons and how to weaponize bubonic plague from infected animals. The document states that ” The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge.”
Magnus Ranstorp at the Swedish War College commented: “The real difficulty in all of these weapons … [is] to actually have a workable distribution system that will kill a lot of people. But to produce quite scary weapons is certainly within [the Islamic State’s] capabilities.”
The computer contains a 26 page fatwa, or Islamic ruling, on the use of weapons of mass destruction. It reads: “If Muslims cannot defeat the kafir [unbelievers] in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction. Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth.”
What do you think? Will ISIS begin to develop biological weapons and other weapons of mass destruction to employ against its enemies?