ISLAMIC State will “inevitably” construct or acquire weapons of mass destruction, the former head of the British Army’s nuclear team warns.
The risk of an improvised nuclear bomb being detonated in a foreign city has “increased substantially” because of tensions with Russia, he claims.
Dr Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said the extremist jihadist group already had chemical weapons such as mustard gas and it is “only a matter of time” before it managed to launch an attack capable of destroying a substantial part of a city.
Bretton-Gordon, who formerly commanded the British Army’s Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) regiment, gave the stark warning as he addressed the Global Resilience conference in London on Thursday.
“Isis have made it known they want to acquire weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
IS already has control of unenriched uranium from stocks captured from Iraq’s University of Mosul.
“The uranium they have is not weaponised but we know Isis have recruited scientists to develop chemical and nuclear weapons,” he said.
It costs £26million to buy a single kilo of highly enriched uranium, but IS “had the funds” and the inclination.
Full article: EXCLUSIVE: ISIS will ‘inevitably’ get WMDs, warns former head of British Army nuclear team (Express)