ISIS reportedly planning 'spectacular' attacks against the West using sophisticated weapons

The Islamic State is developing sophisticated weapons capabilities.  And it should send a chill down anyone’s spine.  Sky News reports, via exclusive video footage, on weapons development at a “jihadi university” that exceeds anything the West thought possible.  (So much for our imagination.)

Major Chris Hunter, a former special forces bomb technician, writes that the Islamic State is moving closer to being able to attack commercial aviation and that it possesses weapons expertise that eclipses anything any terror group has ever achieved.

… the most chilling aspect of watching this training video was the unprecedented levels of technical expertise and ingenuity of those weapons engineers. (snip)

The shocking footage of the improvised fighter jet rocket demonstrated the ISIS instructors advanced understanding of every part of the missile’s highly intricate array of components.

Terrifyingly, those components…had all been modified to turn the obsolete munition into a deadly remote controlled surface to air missile that could be fired against a range of aircraft such as helicopters, low flying jets and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ability to reverse engineer and modify advanced weapons of this type, is something no terrorist group has ever achieved. (snip)

The footage suggests that ISIS have achieved the previously unachievable and will now be able to export that knowledge to its affiliates all over the world.

We know that ISIS is intent on attacking the West - including an intense desire to attack commercial aviation. That threat appears to be dangerously more achievable now. (snip)

…footage showing the remote control car bomb, complete with a mannequin capable of tricking the advanced early warning sensors at critical/high security facilities particularly concerned me.

Remote controlled car bomb.

Mannequin “driver” with self-regulating thermostat to mimic heat signature of humans.

Hunter notes that the Islamic State’s possession of chemical weapons coupled with these unmanned, remote-controlled vehicles is “truly the stuff of nightmares.”

Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, expands on Hunter’s report, confirming that the Islamic State has a cadre of scientists and weapons experts at their disposal who are developing weapons and training jihadists with plans to carry out “spectacular” attacks in Europe along with attacks on passenger jets and military aircraft.

From a “jihadi university” in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the scientists have stunned western weapons experts by producing a homemade thermal battery for surface-to-air missiles.

It had been regarded as a virtually impossible feat for terror groups working without a military infrastructure. (snip)

Heat-seeking warheads can be used to attack passenger and military aircraft. They are 99% accurate once locked on.

For decades terror groups, including the IRA, had these weapons but storing them and maintaining the thermal battery - a key component to the warhead - was very difficult.

It seems that IS scientists have got round the problem, and that revelation will shock the world of international security.

Revelations that will “shock the world of international security.”

Great.

And it’s a bit disconcerting, to say the least, that a news outlet would possess such valuable intelligence, but Western intelligence agencies would be in the dark.

Sky News came into possession of the training videos after an Islamic State trainer who had the videos was captured in Syria (by what’s left of the Free Syrian Army) as he was traveling through Turkey en route to Europe.  The FSA passed the videos on to Sky News.  And Sky News passed the videos on to the authorities in the U.K.  A weapons adviser to the British military described them as an intelligence “gold mine.”

Meanwhile, Sky News was able to identify the location of the “jihadi university” using aerial and satellite imagery.  They were also able to create order out of a random assortment of eight hours’ worth of videos that enabled them to better understand the breadth and depth of the Islamic State’s weapons development program, as well as their training operation.

This is the first hard evidence that confirms what Western intelligence officials have suspected, though the level of sophistication surpasses anything officials imagined or even thought possible.  And although these videos were intercepted, it is assumed there are, or will be, many more in circulation and available to jihadists around the world.

So now what?

At this point, among other things, one wonders what Western leaders will do with the intelligence.  Well, wonder no more, as the article comes to a close:

Sky News has alerted the authorities to the material that has come into its possession.

The Foreign Office responded with a statement: “Daesh will use all measures at their disposal to cause harm, and Britain will never be cowed by such terrorists. Our values are so much stronger than theirs. It will take time but this is an organisation that is losing territory and will be defeated.”

Please tell me I didn’t just read that.

“Our values” are stronger than theirs?  Well, yes they are.  (Duh.)  But right now, the Islamic State is waging war, and the West is indeed “cowed.”  The Islamic State is waging war with increasingly sophisticated weapons, and we’re showing up with our values – values that won’t mean a damn thing if we’re all slaughtered.

And lastly: “It will take time.”  Really?  How much time?  Because at the rate we’re going, we’re running out of it.  In fact, on the subject of time, why hasn’t this “jihadi university” been bombed by now?  Oh, that’s right.  While we’re pretending to be at war, we dare not risk a single civilian casualty or an oil spill.  (Cue the Islamic State making sure they hang around oil fields and integrate themselves among civilians.  Hmm.  Where have we seen that tactic used before?)

But not to worry.  Our values are better than theirs.  So there!

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs

The Islamic State is developing sophisticated weapons capabilities.  And it should send a chill down anyone’s spine.  Sky News reports, via exclusive video footage, on weapons development at a “jihadi university” that exceeds anything the West thought possible.  (So much for our imagination.)

Major Chris Hunter, a former special forces bomb technician, writes that the Islamic State is moving closer to being able to attack commercial aviation and that it possesses weapons expertise that eclipses anything any terror group has ever achieved.

… the most chilling aspect of watching this training video was the unprecedented levels of technical expertise and ingenuity of those weapons engineers. (snip)

The shocking footage of the improvised fighter jet rocket demonstrated the ISIS instructors advanced understanding of every part of the missile’s highly intricate array of components.

Terrifyingly, those components…had all been modified to turn the obsolete munition into a deadly remote controlled surface to air missile that could be fired against a range of aircraft such as helicopters, low flying jets and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ability to reverse engineer and modify advanced weapons of this type, is something no terrorist group has ever achieved. (snip)

The footage suggests that ISIS have achieved the previously unachievable and will now be able to export that knowledge to its affiliates all over the world.

We know that ISIS is intent on attacking the West - including an intense desire to attack commercial aviation. That threat appears to be dangerously more achievable now. (snip)

…footage showing the remote control car bomb, complete with a mannequin capable of tricking the advanced early warning sensors at critical/high security facilities particularly concerned me.

Remote controlled car bomb.

Mannequin “driver” with self-regulating thermostat to mimic heat signature of humans.

Hunter notes that the Islamic State’s possession of chemical weapons coupled with these unmanned, remote-controlled vehicles is “truly the stuff of nightmares.”

Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, expands on Hunter’s report, confirming that the Islamic State has a cadre of scientists and weapons experts at their disposal who are developing weapons and training jihadists with plans to carry out “spectacular” attacks in Europe along with attacks on passenger jets and military aircraft.

From a “jihadi university” in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the scientists have stunned western weapons experts by producing a homemade thermal battery for surface-to-air missiles.

It had been regarded as a virtually impossible feat for terror groups working without a military infrastructure. (snip)

Heat-seeking warheads can be used to attack passenger and military aircraft. They are 99% accurate once locked on.

For decades terror groups, including the IRA, had these weapons but storing them and maintaining the thermal battery - a key component to the warhead - was very difficult.

It seems that IS scientists have got round the problem, and that revelation will shock the world of international security.

Revelations that will “shock the world of international security.”

Great.

And it’s a bit disconcerting, to say the least, that a news outlet would possess such valuable intelligence, but Western intelligence agencies would be in the dark.

Sky News came into possession of the training videos after an Islamic State trainer who had the videos was captured in Syria (by what’s left of the Free Syrian Army) as he was traveling through Turkey en route to Europe.  The FSA passed the videos on to Sky News.  And Sky News passed the videos on to the authorities in the U.K.  A weapons adviser to the British military described them as an intelligence “gold mine.”

Meanwhile, Sky News was able to identify the location of the “jihadi university” using aerial and satellite imagery.  They were also able to create order out of a random assortment of eight hours’ worth of videos that enabled them to better understand the breadth and depth of the Islamic State’s weapons development program, as well as their training operation.

This is the first hard evidence that confirms what Western intelligence officials have suspected, though the level of sophistication surpasses anything officials imagined or even thought possible.  And although these videos were intercepted, it is assumed there are, or will be, many more in circulation and available to jihadists around the world.

So now what?

At this point, among other things, one wonders what Western leaders will do with the intelligence.  Well, wonder no more, as the article comes to a close:

Sky News has alerted the authorities to the material that has come into its possession.

The Foreign Office responded with a statement: “Daesh will use all measures at their disposal to cause harm, and Britain will never be cowed by such terrorists. Our values are so much stronger than theirs. It will take time but this is an organisation that is losing territory and will be defeated.”

Please tell me I didn’t just read that.

“Our values” are stronger than theirs?  Well, yes they are.  (Duh.)  But right now, the Islamic State is waging war, and the West is indeed “cowed.”  The Islamic State is waging war with increasingly sophisticated weapons, and we’re showing up with our values – values that won’t mean a damn thing if we’re all slaughtered.

And lastly: “It will take time.”  Really?  How much time?  Because at the rate we’re going, we’re running out of it.  In fact, on the subject of time, why hasn’t this “jihadi university” been bombed by now?  Oh, that’s right.  While we’re pretending to be at war, we dare not risk a single civilian casualty or an oil spill.  (Cue the Islamic State making sure they hang around oil fields and integrate themselves among civilians.  Hmm.  Where have we seen that tactic used before?)

But not to worry.  Our values are better than theirs.  So there!

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs