Islamic State has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.
The article ‘Perfect Storm’, attributed to captive British photojournalist John Cantlie, mentions a hypothetical operation in which the Islamic State uses its billions of dollars to purchase a nuclear device “through weapon dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region”.
“And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That’s easy enough to make,” it further states.
It mentions how the nuclear device can be smuggled into the United States.
The article states that ‘perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago’.
‘The Islamic State make no secret of the fact that they have every intention of attacking America on its home soil and they’re not going to mince about with two mujahidin taking down a dozen casualties if it originates from the Caliphate. They’ll be looking to do something big, something that would make any past operation look like a squirrel shoot, and the more groups that pledge allegiance the more possible it becomes to pull off something truly epic,” the article further states.
It further states, “Remember, all of this has happened in less than a year. How more dangerous will be the lines of communication and supply a year on from today?”
The article ends with a warning, “As the territory of the Islamic State crosses from one border to another like a wildfire that is burning out of control, it’ll be only a matter of time before the Islamic State reaches the Western world.”
The article has been written by Cantile who is in ISIS captivity since his kidnap in 2012.
He has appeared in several ISIS propaganda video which were later posted on Youtube.
The recent threat comes after the terror group released a video showing execution of man using anti-tank rocket launcher commonly referred to as Bazooka.
The Islamic State has also captured Syria’s ancient town of Palmyra with United Nations expressing concerns regarding the safety of civilians including women and children.