FBI Says Terrorist Drone Threat is Real

 In Military

For some time now, military officials have been concerned about ISIS’ use of drones. Now the concern has come to US law enforcement as well. As US airstrikes have crippled the ability of ISIS to hold territory, they have been using  drones- some homemade- to deliver munitions to targets. The conclusion? The terrorist drone threat is real.

The military has been testing everything from nets to lasers in an effort to reel in what has become a vexing problem. The terror group even had a separate division to purchase the drones from China, India and Turkey.

According to Stripes,

“Engineers in Islamic State upgraded the power systems so the devices could fly longer and drop crude munitions on opposing forces.

Over the last two months, U.S. warplanes have destroyed several Islamic State drone depots, machine workshops and pilot schools.

The airstrikes also killed eight commanders said to be responsible for obtaining, arming and distributing the drones down smuggling routes between Iraq and Syria.”

The US recovers the downed drones and then trace the GPS back to launch point.

But the number of drones increased so significantly that the militants actually created the Baraa bin Malek Brigade for pilots of drones – they even filled out special drone reports.

But how long before they begin doing it in the United States?

That’s the question the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are concerned about. Though used at first for surveillance, the militants now affix bombs to the technology. It’s only a matter of time before they begin using it here, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“We do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones; we’ve seen that overseas already with some growing frequency and I think the expectation is it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and I think quite difficult to disrupt and monitor.” Christopher Wray

American officials from the Department of Homeland Security to the FBI, and Pentagon are all sounding the warning.

“Two years ago, this was not a problem. A year ago this was an emerging problem. Now it’s a real problem.” Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center

Featured photo: screenshot from ISIS video showing a drone strike.

 

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