In a chilling story that seems ripped from the pages of The Third Target and The First Hostage, Fox News is reporting that “there is growing evidence that ISIS is experimenting with chemical weapons,” and that “the number of foreign fighters [has] hit a new high.” Last year, just 20,000 foreign fighters were operating as part of the ISIS shock troops, Fox reports. Now that number has skyrocketed to 36,000, and they come from 120 countries.

Former deputy CIA director Mike Morrell, testifying before Congress on ISIS’s development of chemical weapons capabilities, warned that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the leaders of ISIS “have made two things very clear publicly in documents that have come out. One is that if they acquire these weapons they would use and they wouldn’t care that the vast majority of those killed were civilians. and they have also provided a religious justification very similar to Al Qaeda’s, in fact I think it is identical to Al Qaeda’s justification for using such weapons.” This is not the first report of ISIS pursuing chemical weapons. I first cited a spate of news stories about this last August. FULL REPORT