Experts Warn: British ISIS Fighters Returning Home Can Turn Drones Into Deadly Weapons

Experts warn that ISIS fighters returning to the British from the Middle East battlefield “can turn drones sold on Amazon into killing machines”.

It is believed that those ISIS fighters who have improved their bomb-making techniques during the conflict in Syria and Iraq may now be able to turn a range of products bought on the high street into deadly weapons, they claim.

ISIS have increasingly used commercial drones in the Syrian war in what analysts believe marks a turning point in their tactics.

And experts now warn that the technology may also be used against targets – and civilians – in Europe.

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Nick Waters conflict analyst and ex-British Army officer has warned that terrorist groups are already using commercial drones in combat to drop explosives and to guide suicide car bomb attacks from the air.

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“There is a danger that these drones could be used in the West for a terrorist attack,” Mr Waters told the Telegraph in a video interview .

“There’s difficulty keeping drones out of airports for example to stop them hitting planes.”

He said that using small drones allows the enemy to be nimble, while the British Army lost funding for their smallest drone, the Black Hornet in 2017 so it currently lacks that same capability.

“The use of drones for terrorist attacks has great potential and it’s something we should be worried about,” he said.

In 2017, two small drones carrying small grenade-like bombs destroyed an entire ammunition base in the Deir Ezzor belonging to the Syrian Army which illustrates their destructive capabilities, Mr Waters said.

Drones strapped with explosives allow bombs to be delivered with greater precision than was previously possible, hitting targets at their most vulnerable points.

And there are hundreds of people who could potentially import this deadly practice to Britain.

Around 850 UK citizens travelled to Syria to join ISIS – which makes Britain one of the largest contributors of foreign fighters to the deadly terror group in the world.

Thousands of foreign fighters have already fled the crumbling caliphate and crossed into Turkey, getting ever closer to Europe’s borders, it is believed.

A report by the Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) highlights this new threat of fighters bringing ‘high-tech’ weapons knowledge – along with murderous intent – back to Europe.

The weaponisation of drones and the mass manufacture of car bombs are just some of the skills that jihadis will have learned in Syria and Iraq, the reports states.

The report says that recent attacks in Europe have involved crude “low-capability” weapons.

But incorporating weaponised drones or car bombs would seriously increase the threat level.

Last year, it was revealed that an Amazon algorithm was linking substances used for making explosives with “frequently bought together” tabs.

Terrorist groups have frequently relied on household products and chemicals found on the high street to make improvised explosives.

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