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Pro-ISIS Propaganda Suggests To Use Improvised Biological Weapons For Terrorist Attacks

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Pro-ISIS Propaganda Suggests To Use Improvised Biological Weapons For Terrorist Attacks

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Media channels supporting ISIS circulate an unofficial instruction on how to prepare terrorist attacks with improvised biological and bacteriological weapons, Directorate 4 Telegram channel reported citing the obtained document. The instruction suggests using hantavirus, cholera and typhoid as a tool of attacks.

The instruction proposes ISIS supporters to find animals or people infected by these diseases and obtain their excrements. Then, the obtained materials should be turned into a suspension suitable for spraying or direct application. The document proposes to use this substance at mass events and public places, as well as add it to food and water.

The Directorate 4 report reasonable notes that such instructions could against official ISIS propaganda because they fail to comply with Islamic standards of warfare that ISIS seeks to promote (at least formally). During the active phase of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, ISIS used improvised chemical weapons. However, the terrorist group has never employed any kind of bacteriological or biological weapons. So, the dissimilation of the abovementioned instruction may even cause a negative reaction of the remaining ISIS official bodies. At the same time, the appearance of this kind of propaganda indicates the radicalization of persons that share ISIS-like ideas and a possible split within the group’s supporters themselves. In the future, this may lead to a further fragmentation of the terrorist group and the growth of lone-wolf terrorism of various kinds motivated by the ongoing radicalization of persons sharing ideas similar to those promoted by ISIS.

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