New footage apparently shows an ISIS weapon-making lab in the group’s capital in Syria. The video shows the group is capable of producing advanced weaponry, including surface-to-air missiles, and driver-less car bombs.
The so-called “jihadi technical college” footage was obtained by Sky News. Officials have described it as an intelligence gold mine. It features TNT, “stockpiles of plastic explosives,” and more.
Differing from the slick and violent propaganda videos produced by the terrorist group, the training video appears to be for internal use only, as Sky noted. The more than eight hours of footage was obtained from a seized hard drive.
The footage, according to Sky, shows the group can now recommission thousands of missiles and possibly attach heat-seeking warheads to them. The missiles could then be used to attack passenger or military aircraft.
“For decades terror groups, including the IRA, had these weapons but storing them and maintaining the thermal battery–a key component to the warhead–was very difficult,” the report states. “It seems that [ISIS] scientists have got round the problem, and that revelation will shock the world of international security.”
The Guardian reported that the footage was seized from an ISIS member in Turkey. It added that scientists and technicians from Europe have become members of the group’s operations, and specifically, the chemical weapons division.
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“What this video shows is that ISIS are leagues ahead of their terrorist predecessors,” Chris Hunter, who is a former bomb technician with the United Kingdom Special Forces, was quoted by Fox News as saying. “Their advanced knowledge of weapons engineering, coupled with their seemingly limitless ability to reverse engineer and recondition weapons (which until now intelligence agencies had considered obsolete and beyond repair) kept me awake all night.”
An ISIS defector in Turkey told Sky that a training program was known around Raqqa, his home town. He said the program was designed to carry out attacks outside of ISIS-held territories, including Europe.
“If [attacks were] meant internally. they could send someone to set an explosive device or wire a car as they are able to do this [openly],” the defector told Sky. “But doing such a program and documenting it was meant to target a large number of people and in more than one location.”