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TERRORISTS’ POTENTIAL USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS



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TERRORISTS’ POTENTIAL USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
In January 2015, a coalition air strike killed Abu Malik, an Islamic State chemical weapons engineer who had worked at Saddam Hussein’s Muthana chemical weapon program before joining the predecessor group to terrorists in 2005. This event shows that terrorists are currently employing chemical weapons.
There are several constraints associated with developing chemical weapons. Chemicals such as hydrogen cyanide, sarin, and their precursors are highly corrosive and require storage in highly controlled environments. The corrosive nature of these agents also makes long-term storage and transportation over long distances very difficult without the appropriate containers and proper environment. Such constraints make it likely that any agents developed by terrorists would most likely be deployed immediately after manufacture and within close proximity to the territory it holds.
Despite these difficulties, the terrorists will continue to employ the simplest and most readily available weapon of mass destruction at their disposal - chemical weapons. This remains a concern especially with the availability of toxic industrial chemicals that could be modified and dispersed in a chemical attack. While the effects of such devices would be limited to a small geographic area, the psychological impact would be significant. Current conditions in Syria and Iraq in conjunction with international ISR assets constantly monitoring the area reduce the possibility that terrorists will be able to develop any other WMD beyond chemical weapons.
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