October 2014 – HEALTH – If latest reports are to be believed, the Islamic State militants might be conspiring to deliberately infect jihadists with the deadly Ebola virus and send them to America in order to spread the disease in the US – an event that could see America being attacked in a new pseudo-war. The Israeli News Agency, a site which claims to be Israel’s first online news organization has confirmed the authenticity of the report saying it “clears all news items relating to Israeli security with the Israel government press office.” The agency said, citing “Israeli security sources,” that dozens of ISIS fighters in Syria have fallen ill and had symptoms of Ebola. This news quickly ignited a new conspiracy theory claiming that ISIS is planning to send Ebola-infected militants into the US to spread the disease. “While Western nations fighting the Islamic State might consider this reported Ebola outbreak among radical jihadists to be welcome news, there is a very big, very dangerous downside to Islamic terrorists being carriers of the virus,” Norvell Rose, the winner of numerous journalism honours, writes for WesternJournalism.com. The article also cites the Israeli News Agency (INA) for inference into why the news could prove dangerous for the Americans. The INA in its report quoted a source it identified only as “AVi,” who is “a global anti-terrorism consultant” as saying: “We know that ISIS has training camps in Africa and it is highly possible that this is where contact with the virus was made.
“This would add new meaning to the US stating that no boots would be on the ground as both missiles and Ebola penetrates one of the worst evils that the world has ever known.” The theory was further bolstered by reports of a direct threat from the ISIS militants who said they would spread the Ebola virus to the United States and its allies if they continue to wage war on the organization inside Syria and Iraq as reported by Shoebat.com, a website created by Walid Shoebat who was a radicalized Muslim until 1994 when he converted to Christianity. Shoebat quoted a statement from ISIS published in another website called Vetogate.com. The statement reportedly said: “Followers and soldiers of the Islamic State are mostly suicide bombers and all of them are ready not only to carry Ebola, but to drink Ebola if they were asked to carry and spread it in the United States. This is not difficult but we need a decision from the leaders jihadist.” The statement further said: “The process of spreading disease is not difficult. It can easily be transported in a bottle in your bag from Africa to America. The contents of the bottle can then be released in an air-conditioning duct or put it in the public drinking water.” –IB Times