World leaders are warning their nations that Da’esh (ISIS) plans to use drones to drop radioactive material on cities in a “dirty bomb” attack.
U.S. President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and world leaders including the presidents of France and China met Friday over the issue.
U.S. officials presented a scenario at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. earlier last week that described the danger in detail. The scenario described radioactive material being taken from a medical facility by “insiders” and sold to terrorists via the “dark web” on the Internet.
ISIS is believed to have seized around 90 pounds of low grade uranium in 2014 from Mosul University in Iraq, according to a report Friday by The Telegraph.
At a news briefing in Washington D.C. after the event, Cameron told reporters, “So many summits are about dealing with things that have already gone wrong. This is a summit about something we are trying to prevent.
“The issue of nuclear security and the security of nuclear materials, particularly when it comes to the problems of international terrorism, the concept of terrorists and nuclear materials coming together – which is obviously a very chilling prospect. And something in the light of the Belgian attacks, we know is a threat that is only too real.
“That’s the point of being here and that action Britain has taken with America, very much giving a lead on nuclear security, and the security of nuclear sites, transport and materials.”
Footage exists that reportedly shows ISIS terrorists using drones for the purpose, The Telegraph reported. It was deemed so serious that world leaders were asked to participate in war games Friday to plan a strategy in how to respond to such an attack.Hana Levi Julian