Russia's Federal Security Service head says terrorists after WMD

The head of the FSB, Russia's Federal Security Service, recently warned that terrorists aim to obtain chemical and biological weapons from Middle East countries suffering internal crises.

Alexander Bortnikov told a conference of the heads of law enforcement and security agencies from 66 different countries that terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa is becoming a more serious threat to global and regional security, according to

Bortnikov stressed that new tactics are needed to counter terrorist attempts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

The FSB chief also said that terrorist organizations have become adept at using modern information technology to swell their ranks.

"Broad use of modern information and communication technology makes the process of population radicalization a mass one," Bortnikov said, reports.

Bortnikov then accused Al-Qaeda of being behind the disastrous series of forest fires that struck Europe last year. He said the FSB currently possesses information that links the fires to an Al Qaeda "forest jihad," according to

Bortnikov also urged his foreign colleagues to unite further in their efforts against terrorism. He believes current joint efforts between national security agencies are based on trust and often hampered by national legislative limits.

"Changing the national laws in the direction of facilitating the exchange of important information and coordination of joint operations - this is what should become a target of special services' lobbyism in order to make international cooperation more effective," Bortnikov said, reports.