An ex-CIA official tells the Jerusalem Post that the biggest threat to Americans and Israelis is the possibility of Iran and ISIS arming drones with chemical weapons.
On January 28, ISIS’s new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, told followers to direct greater attention to attacking Israel and Jews, which includes using chemical weapons.
The former CIA agent, Tracy Walder, told the Jerusalem Post that some countries and terrorist regimes may already possess chemical weapons. She says that ISIS had used them in recent years. Walder adds that if a group or country doesn’t have these weapons, they may be able to obtain them from North Korea.
In the article, Walder added that part of what became ISIS came out of groups run by a terrorist named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. She said she studied him closely while at the CIA. Walder told the Jerusalem Post that he was especially interested in anthrax and ricin. Walder mentioned that deploying chemical weapons “is a very easy thing to do if you have access to a drone.”
Walder told the Jerusalem Post that Iran operates differently than ISIS.
“You won’t see a head of state such as from Iran [openly] say, ‘I want to acquire’ [chemical weapons], but we know Iran has been working to destabilize [the region] through proxies, the Houthis, Hezbollah,” said Walder. “It’s less about Iran as a state, but more about Iran as a state actor.”
Iran funds these proxies but they are not directly controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.