Intel Head: ISIS Is Making and Using Chemical Weapons in Iraq & Syria
The nation's top intelligence official now confirms that ISIS is producing and using chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress Tuesday that it's the first use of such weapons by a terror organization in more than 20 years.
Clapper said the terror army is getting more sophisticated, including in its tactics online to try to spur followers to carry out attacks.
The confirmation of mustard gas use came during Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he spoke to the Islamic State's growing sophistication online and in the battlefield.
He did not elaborate on where and when the chemical attacks occurred, though there has been mounting evidence the terror group was experimenting with chemical weapons.
“[The Syrian government] has used chemicals against the opposition on multiple occasions since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. ISIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq and Syria, including the blister agent Sulfur mustard,” Clapper said.
He said this marks the first time an extremist group has produced and used a "chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995," referring to the Tokyo subway terror attack that year.
Rob O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who killed Usama bin Laden, reacted this morning on Fox and Friends, explaining that this is "just the tip of the iceberg."
O'Neill said an even bigger concern is that ISIS will produce a biological agent that it will deploy in another country.
"This is part of the nastiness that is being developed by the Islamic State as we basically do nothing about it," he said, adding that it's "going to get worse before it gets better."
He said that the threat is coming from Raqqa, Syria - the Islamic State capital - and
Watch his full analysis above.