British Prime Minister David Cameron warns that the threat is very real that ISIS will use drones to unleash nuclear material on civilians.
Dennis Michael Lynch reported that over 50 world leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. Friday for a Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by President Obama. British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that ISIS terrorists are planning to use drones to spray nuclear material over Western cities in a horrific “dirty bomb” attack, and said the dangers of ISIS getting hold of nuclear material was only too real.
In Europe, fears have also been raised by apparent attempts to infiltrate nuclear facilities. Mr Cameron told journalists in Washington DC that concerns over a radioactive attack were real.
ISIS is believed to have seized around 90 pounds of low grade uranium from Mosul University in Iraq after taking over the city in 2014, though its limited toxicity means its use would likely cause panic than serious harm.
World leaders expressed concern that jihadists can buy basic drones that are widely available online on sites such as Amazon to transport radioactive material into the heart of major cities in a strike that could kill thousands.
Footage has reportedly already emerged showing ISIS using drones.
Speaking at the summit, Obama said the world faced a persistent and evolving threat of nuclear terrorism despite progress in reducing such risks. “We cannot be complacent,” he said. Obama said no group had succeeded in obtaining bomb materials but that al Qaeda had long sought them, and he cited actions by Islamic State militants behind recent attacks in Paris and Brussels that raised similar concerns.
Russian President Vladimir Putin boycotted the event, unwilling to join a U.S.-dominated gathering, due to increased tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine and Syria.