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Fire As a Weapon of Terrorism

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
May 28, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
Iraqi forces attempt to extinguish a blaze set by the Islamic State in October 2016 south of Mosul.

Iraqi forces attempt to extinguish the flames after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists torched Mishraq sulphur factory, near the Qayyarah base, about 30 kilometres south of Mosul, during an operation to retake the main hub city from IS on October 22, 2016. Toxic fumes released when jihadists torched a sulphur plant near Mosul have killed two Iraqi civilians, made many ill and forced US troops at a nearby base to wear masks.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the main advantages of using fire as a weapon is its ready availability. Arson attacks are far easier and cheaper to conduct than bombing attacks. Now, a new Islamic State initiator will contribute to the growing threat....

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