ISIS Training Video Reveals Driverless Car Bomb

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 - 2:45PM
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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 - 2:45PM
ISIS Training Video Reveals Driverless Car Bomb
If we ever needed a reminder that technology is a double-edged sword, this would be it. According to training video footage intercepted by Sky News, ISIS is teaching followers how to make their own driverless car bomb.

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The footage has been edited to conceal information that would allow followers to replicate the technology, but in broad terms, the driverless cars are controlled by un-jammable remote control technology. The videos show trainees making these car bombs using scrap car parts.

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The videos also contain instructions on how to fit the car with a mannequin that is equipped with a thermostat to self-regulate its temperature. The foil-covered mannequin remains at human body temperature, and lasers imitate eyes, so they are reportedly able to elude detection by sophisticated heat scanners that protect Western military and government buildings.

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According to Sky News, the footage is the first concrete evidence of a "jihadi university." Eight hours of footage was released to Sky News after an IS trainer was captured in Syria, which show the training of fighters from many different countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Tunisia, Egypt, and Pakistan, in science facilities and labs in the Syrian city of Raqqa. In addition to the driverless car bombs, the videos show the development of homemade thermal battery for surface-to-air missiles, allowing them to repurpose thousands of missiles that the western government thought to be defunct from old age.

The videos, which have been passed to the authorities, are what Major Chris Hunter, a former bomb technician in the special forces and advisor to the British military, calls an "intel gold mine."
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"What we've seen with their typical propaganda videos is they're very, very high quality. They're designed, they're produced to inspire people and prospectively touch the nerves of anybody who is viewing them; they're done in a very specific way. "With this training footage it's very clearly purely designed to pass on information - to pass on the progress in the research and development areas - and it gives us a very good insight into where they are now, what they're aspiring to do and crucially the diversity of the types of threats we might face."
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An IS defector reportedly told Sky News that a top-secret training program was a badly kept secret in Raqqa, and that it was intended for attacks in Europe and other locations outside of Syria and Iraq.

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"Videoing and documenting this training programme was meant for Europe to cause huge damage. If it was meant internally (inside Syria) they could send someone to set an explosive device or wire a car as they are able to do this (openly). "But doing such a programme and documenting it was meant to target a large number of people and in more than one location, of course it wasn't meant either for Syria or Iraq."
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Via Popular Science.
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