When you think about drone strikes and ISIS terrorists, you probably picture those powerful images of a nondescript building or a truck convoy or an ammo arsenal being blown to smithereens by the blast from an unmanned aerial vehicle flown on a kill mission by the U.S. military. But now, according to counterterrorism experts, there could soon be a terrible twist introduced to that familiar scenario.
According to an article just published in the British newspaper Express, ISIS is now plotting to use drones of a far different kind to drop explosives onto crowds at major sporting and cultural events. The delivery vehicles for the terrorists’ bombs, according to the Express article, would be the rather small, inexpensive, readily available commercial drones widely used to take aerial video.
As the article in the UK paper notes:
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Defence chiefs fear they could launch a multi-drone attack carrying several bombs, even using airborne cameras to film the bloody carnage below for twisted propaganda videos.
Senior MI5 [security service] figures believed that Isis has already tested how much plastic explosive the flying machines can carry, getting as far as experimenting with detonation devices.
What could make this report that Islamic terrorists are developing ways to use cheap, remote-controlled drones to cause mass casualties even more immediately concerning is the explosion in worldwide sales of small, commercial drones. A Wednesday article in Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) cites staggering numbers for predicted drone sales that could mean it would be virtually impossible to stop acquisition and use of the potential death machines by ISIS.
“Sales of commercial-grade unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are set to soar over the next 10 years, driven by applications such as filmmaking, mapping, prospecting and disaster relief,” according to the IBD report.
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“Market research firm Tractica predicts that worldwide shipments of commercial drones will increase from 80,000 units to nearly 2.7 million units in 2025.”
Regarding the terrorist organization’s development of drone-borne bombs that could wreak havoc by delivering a terror strike from the sky, the article in the UK paper quotes a source in the British security service MI5:
Isis is obsessed with re-creating the horror of 9/11 and believes this may be possible by launching a multi-drone attack on large numbers of people in a synchronised attack.
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