With Ebola increasingly becoming a cause of concern for the Western Powers, Islamic State terrorists are considering using the virus as a suicide bio-weapon against the West, according to a military expert.
The military expert believes that the virus which is transmitted by direct contact with an affected person showing the symptoms, for the fanatic militants of the IS it wouldn’t be difficult to contract it then travel to countries they want to wreak havoc in.
Professor Al Shimkus of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, said that the strategy is entirely plausible and that the individual exposed to the virus will the carrier.
And professor Anthony Glees, Director at Buckingham University’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies also agrees that the IS militants might consider the strategy.
“The murderous IS fighters believe in suicide and this is a potential job for a suicide mission. They are well-informed to consider it,” Glees said.
The rampantly spreading virus has killed nearly 4,000 people in West Africa and claimed its first victim in the US yesterday with several cases appearing in Europe as well.
Forbes reported that in the May 2013 issue of the journal Global Policy, Amanda Teckman, author of the paper The Bioterrorist Threat Of Ebola In East Africa And Implications For Global Health And Security concluded: ‘The threat of an Ebola bioterrorist attack in East Africa is a global health and security concern, and should not be ignored’.
The concerns of Ebola Virus to be used a bio-weapon in the US can be considered as the catalyst for the $5.6billion Project Bioshield signed off by the then president George W Bush in 2004.
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died on Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.
The hundreds of passengers arriving from West Africa will screened at five major American airports. The checks will even include taking the temperatures of the travelers.