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The Islamic State and WMD: Assessing the Future Threat | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Islamic State and WMD: Assessing the Future Threat | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Islamic State is actively seeking weapons of mass destruction and, to a limited extent, it has used such weapons in Syria and Iraq. It is also actively seeking personnel with technical experience capable of expanding its program. The Islamic State’s program faces many challenges and logistical issues, however, that have tempered their ambitions. This means the group is not yet capable of striking Western nations with WMD, though it cannot be ruled out that the Islamic State could deploy rudimentary chemical devices against the West in the next several years.

Source: The Islamic State and WMD: Assessing the Future Threat | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point