Law enforcement agencies believe hardened Isis recruits are planning to import terrorist tactics perfected on the battlefields of the Middle East, including the deployment of chlorine and mustard gas, to the UK.
The discovery last month of a secret Isis “drone factory” in Mosul, northern Iraq, has added to concerns that such devices will be weaponised and used in future atrocities in Europe.The alert comes as it emerged that as many as 200 jihadists who have returned to Britain may be harbouring terrorist intentions.
That sounds really scary. That is, until you read the article. No evidence is provided of such a plot. Indeed, the quote “plotting drone chemical strike” only appears in the headline and is not attributed.
The logic seems to be this: ISIS has used chemical weapons in the Middle East. They have also used commercial drones in the Middle East. Therefore, they must be plotting to use the two together in the UK.
See my other work on “drone terrorism” and the rhetoric of threat inflation: