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Death on a Laptop
by Dr. Steve Elwart
Found buried deep inside a laptop computer in Syria were plans to spread death and destruction in the United States.
In northern Syria, Syrian rebels found a laptop partly covered in dust. The laptop was found in an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) hideout last January in the Syrian province of Idlib, close to the border with Turkey.
Abu Ali, commander of the group says the fighters from ISIS fled before his men attacked the building. The attack in the village was part of a larger anti ISIS offensive occurring at the time. We found the laptop and the power cord in a room, he continued, I took it with me. But I have no clue if it still works or if it contains anything interesting.
The computer, indeed, did work. Surprisingly it was not even password protected. Once started, however, the computer looked empty. The computer had no files on it. On closer inspection, however, the computer was found packed with data.
Buried inside the computer under hidden files were over 146 gigabytes of material, containing a total of 35,347 files in 2,367 folders.
(That is almost 1,000,000 pages of text.) The files were in French, English, and Arabic.
The laptop’s contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide an insight into the mind of jihadists and and a playbook on how to carry out the ISIS terror campaign. The files contained videos of Osama bin Laden, manuals on how to make bombs, instructions for stealing cars, and lessons on how to use disguises in order to avoid getting arrested while traveling from one jihad to another.
But the laptop had far more than just propaganda and instruction manuals. The files suggested that the laptop’s owner was teaching himself about the use of biological weapons to prepare an attack that would have shocked the world.
The information on the laptop indicates that it was prepared by a Tunisian national named Muhammad S. Apparently, he joined ISIS in Syria and studied chemistry and physics at two Tunisian universities. (One university stated that he did study physics and chemistry there, but lost track of him in 2011. All other questions were referred to State Security.)
An astonishing number of Tunisians have flocked to the Syrian battlefield since the revolt began. In June, Tunisiaâ€™s interior minister estimated that at least 2,400 Tunisians were fighting in the country, mostly as members of ISIS.
The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.
The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge, the document states.
The document includes instructions for how to test the weaponized disease safely, before it is used in a terrorist attack. â€œWhen the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours,â€ the document says.
The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa, or Islamic ruling, on the usage of weapons of mass destruction. According to the fatwa, â€œIf Muslims cannot defeat the kafir [unbelievers] in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction. (The fatwa was pronounced by Saudi jihadi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, who is currently in prison in Saudi Arabia. Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth.
While the information on the ISIS laptop indicates that the jihadists possess the weapons described in the files. The material on the laptop, however, is a reminder that jihadists are also hard at work at acquiring the weapons that could allow them to kill thousands of people with one strike.
This isn’t the first time that jihadists have attempted to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Even before the 9/11 attacks, al Qaeda had experimented with a chemical weapons program in Afghanistan. In 2002, CNN obtained a tape showing al Qaeda members testing poison gas on three dogs, all of which died.
This may not be the situation for long.
ISIS military gains in recent months may have provided it means of acquiring these and other conventional weapons. ISIS now controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. The fear now is that men like Muhammed S could be working behind the front lines for instance, in the Islamic State-controlled University of Mosul or in some laboratory in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital to develop chemical or biological weapons.
The longer ISIS controls parts of Iraq and Syria, the more likely it is that they will be able to develop crude, but effective weapons. The documents found on the laptop leave no doubt about the group’s intensions.
- Isis laptop reveals terror group â€˜wants to turn bubonic plague into a weapon of warâ€™
â€” The Independent
- Laptop reportedly seized from ISIS hideout hints at bio weapons attack
â€” Fox News
- ISIS laptop reveals doomsday plan of weaponizing bubonic plague for mass death
â€” Allen West
- ISIS laptop reveals project to build biological weapons
â€” Ynet News
credit: Dr. Steve Elwart