IS ISIS BUYING VALUABLE “MILITARY” EQUIPMENT IN WESTERN EUROPE?
An article in C4ISR.net on 29th September is linked to the purchase in a model shop in Denmark of a drone that was apparently intended for service as either an insurgent scout or weapon, but never made it, because on 26th September police arrested 2 people on suspicion of buying drones bound for the Islamic State. The article says, whilst little is known about this case, considerably more is known about the flow of drones from Europe to ISIS, however, thanks to diligent work by arms investigators and trackers. CTC in July released a report on the supply of drones to ISIS and a string of IT and web service companies run by a pair of Bangladeshi brothers named Siful Haque Sujan and Ataul Haque Sujan and active in the UK, Bangladesh, Spain, Australia, the United States and Denmark. The article says this was not the other supply channel, and that in February OFAC sanctioned the Turkish company Profesyoneller Elektronik for supplying drone components to ISIS, and that other investigations found drone parts, like gyroscopes, traced back to online Turkish distributors for hobby supplies. The article says that commercial off-the-shelf drones may also be the most valuable military equipment that can be easily acquired in Western Europe for ISIS.
THE ISLAMIC STATE AND DRONES: SUPPLY, SCALE, AND FUTURE THREATS
The CTC report evaluates the main factors that helped the Islamic State to effectively use modified commercial drones as weapons. It also highlights some of the broader threat and policy implications associated with the Islamic State’s pioneering use of drones, to include how the group — and its actions — could serve as an inspiration or model for other types of actors, to include nation-states or proxy groups that are developing their own hybrid warfare capabilities and strategies. It is available at –