While the commander in chief is worried about building tourism in Jordan and gender-neutral bathrooms in the White House, his non-Islamic Islamic State has managed to get its hands on enough radioactive material from former government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to reports issued by Australian intelligence agencies, according to The Independent.
Feeling sick yet? ISIS has declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defense officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan.
According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, NATO has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by ISIS from research centers and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments.”
The threat of ISIS’ radioactive and biological weapons stockpile was so severe that the Australia Group, a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending the use of chemical weapons, held a session on the subject at its summit in Perth last week.
“This is really worrying them,” Ms Bishop said in an interview with The Australian.
When they swept across territory in Syria and Iraq, she said, “the insurgents did not just clear out the cash from local banks.”
Last week Ms Bishop spoke at the Australia Group meeting about fears ISIS was weaponizing poisonous gases such as chlorine.
And speaking to The Australian, she confirmed that the concerns she was raising stemmed from reports filed by the Australian department of defense as well the foreign office.
Experts apparently fear that ISIS will use the upcoming “celebration” of the start of Ramadan and the first anniversary of its declaration of a caliphate (June 29th) to spread the joy with some chemical weapons, noting that the group usually reserves its major operations to coincide with the Islamic holy month.
Because the Obama administration has benched itself for the last three quarters of the game, our troops may now face the worst sort of warfare. Had we left sufficient troop levels in Iraq to take out these thugs at the inception, we wouldn’t be facing the prospect of our military personnel — oops I mean trainers — being hit with a dirty bomb.
[NOTE: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]