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Islamic State mulls using Ebola virus as biological weapon

chemical weapons 

by Joseph Earnest November 3, 2014   


Newscast Media BARCELONAThe Spanish government said it is concerned that terrorists could use the Ebola virus as a biological weapon against the West. A close eye is being kept on online chat rooms, where such attacks are reportedly discussed among terrorist groups. 

Extremists connected to the ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorist group have been considering using Ebola as a weapon against the West, Spanish State Secretary for Security Francisco Martinez said in an address to the parliament.

Martinez stated that this type of activity serves as further proof that the internet is "an extension of the battlefield" for the ISIL, which uses cyberspace for “threatening enemies through propaganda, preparing operations, exchanging information, ideological training, recruiting new members and acquiring finance.” 

There are “many examples” of online terrorist chat logs discussing the use of biological warfare against the West, Spain’s RTVE public broadcasting corporation reported.

The most recent talks took place in an “extremist chat room,” related to the ISIL, in mid-September. “The use of Ebola as a poisonous weapon against the United States” was the topic of the conversation, Martinez said. 

Despite increasing evidence of biological attacks on the West, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson denied allegations that ISIL plans to use biological weapons. “We've seen no specific credible intelligence that [the ISIL] is attempting to use any sort of disease or virus to attack our homeland,” Johnson said earlier in October. Add Comments>>


 Source: RT/Tehran Times









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