Isis scientists ‘developing remote-control car bombs’

January 6, 2016 8:30 pm

 The batteries have been manufactured in a “university of jihad”. Photo / Sky

fighters have managed to make their own thermal batteries for
surface-to-air missiles and remote-controlled car bombs, according to a
new report.
The batteries have been manufactured in a “university
of jihad” in the de facto capital of Isis (Islamic State), Raqqa,
according to videos shown to Sky News.
Their development
would be highly significant. While the group has captured large
quantities of old missiles, few have been put to use as their batteries
had decayed.
Isis have been pushed back in recent months in both
Syria and Iraq thanks to their inability to strike back at air attacks
from the Western allies, and now from Russian jets.
Coalition
jets could now theoretically be at risk, though the most modern Western
fighters are probably beyond the threat posed by older surface-to-air
missiles of the sort owned by the Syrian Army, which Isis would have
taken.

Of more concern might be the threat to civilian aircraft, if
Isis managed to smuggle such weapons or batteries to operatives around
the world – or the instructions on how to make them.
The threat
to passenger planes from jihadists has been a constant concern of
airlines in recent years, especially since the fall of Colonel Muammar
Gaddafi in Libya.
Military experts at the time estimated that
20,000 surface-to-air missiles had gone missing from his stocks in the
chaos that followed the civil war. But many of these were also
out-of-date.

Isis fighters have managed to make their own thermal. Photo / Sky News
Isis fighters have managed to make their own thermal. Photo / Sky News
The new video material was handed to Sky News by the non-Isis rebels of the Free Syrian Army, who found it on an Isis fighter.
They seized him as he passed through their territory apparently on the way to Turkey.
They
were apparently unaware of the exact nature of its contents. But when
put together, it showed a training school in Raqqa where Isis-sponsored
scientists developed new products.
Besides the missile battery,
it also showed experiments with remote-controlled car bombs “driven” by
dummies. The dummies have internal heat mechanisms that allow them to
mimic the “scan signature” of human beings.
The video may have been intended to pass on to Isis trainers operating abroad, it is suggested.
Major
Chris Hunter, a former British special forces bomb technician, is
quoted in the report as saying the material was “shocking”.
“With
this training footage it’s very clearly purely designed to pass on
information – to pass on the progress in the research and development
areas,” he says. “It gives us a very good insight into where they are
now, what they’re aspiring to do and crucially the diversity of the
types of threats we might face.”

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