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Terror group Islamic State is employing scientists and weapons experts to train jihadists to carry out sophisticated "spectacular" attacks in Europe, while also modifying weapons systems capable of targeting passenger jets and military aircraft.
By Major Chris Hunter, former special forces bomb technician At first, the images didn't look very different from the raft of other ISIS propaganda on the internet, but within minutes, it occurred to me that this was definitely no ISIS propaganda video. The trademark flag-waving masked gunmen I'd expected to see were replaced with clean-shaven, technically adept and highly trained weapons specialists giving expert tuition in how to turn obsolete munitions and ammunition into state-of-the art weapon systems.
ISIS has a long history of using truck and car bombs, suicide bombers, and IEDs and the 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. When you consider that the group also possesses mustard gas and potentially other types of chemical weapons the consequences of such a device incorporating chemical weapons is truly the stuff of nightmares.
Groups of trainees from a range of countries including Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, Egypt and Pakistan were given terror training courses using science labs and facilities based around the former Equestrian Centre in Raqqa. driverless car bomb ONLY USE FOR RAMSAY STORY ON 050116 Video: Islamic State's Driverless Car Bomb The extensive collection of videos shows the men being trained to adapt the electronic parts of scrap cars to make the remote controlled cars work using sophisticated un-jammable radio sets; and long lessons on how to configure the mannequins to appear like human drivers. Some of the trainers and designers make no effort to disguise themselves but the "students" remain largely concealed.