The head of the British Royal Air Force warned that ISIS could come “bouncing back” if there is a let up in the bombing campaign against the deadly terror group.
Even though ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory in their so-called “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, the group still has the power to reconstitute itself, said Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier.
“The key thing here is, as we have discovered in previous conflicts, is that if we let up, then they will come bouncing back, and we will have to re-engage,” he said. “We will have to keep going with this one until the job is done.”
A withdrawal by coalition forces striking the terror group now could allow the group to “morph into something different.”
They are starting to look more like an insurgent terrorist organization who are trying within that region and more widely across the world to undermine us by other means,” he said. “That starts to feel more like what we experienced in Afghanistan and Iraq before. What it indicates is that you need to have the understanding, the capability to find these people and you need to have the ability to deal with them as necessary when you do find them.
“I don’t see any drawdown as a result of that, and it is not because I cannot see into the future.”
Meanwhile, the MI5 has revealed that returning jihadis are trying to manufacture ricin and anthrax in labs secreted across the UK.
Many of the fighters who managed to escape and return to Britain were trained in biological and chemical warfare in Syria and Iraq, where ISIS was reported to be in possession of such weapons.
A document obtained by a Russian news outlet from Iraqi police headquarters revealed that Iraqi forces discovered 32.5 tons of ammonium nitrate in Mosul during the operation to liberate the city from ISIS.
Intelligence officials in the UK fear a mass casualty attack if jihadis poison water or food supplies.
“We know that al-Qaeda terrorists have tried to manufacture ricin in the UK in the past. We now suspect members of IS based in the UK are attempting to do the same,” said an unnamed source. “The use of chemical and biological weapons by Islamic State is a threat which is being treated very seriously.
“These are weapons which are relatively easy to manufacture but can have deadly consequences.”