This article examines the growing chemical weapon capabilities of the Islamic State from the crude poisons and toxins of its founding father Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi to the current battlefield use of indigenously produced mustard gas in Iraq and Syria. By examining this evolution as a phenomenon separate from Al Qaeda, a clearer picture emerges of a dedicated and increasingly successful chemical weapons program that threatens military forces and civilian populations around the world.
- Journal : Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
- Author : Chris Quillen
- Date : 2016
- Link : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2016.1154364