Somewhere in a hobby shop in Denmark, a set of rotors was destined to a life of violence.
Attached to a model plane, or perhaps a quadcopter, this drone likely waited on a shelf, perhaps for months, to see if its new owners would take it on hikes, or for family photos, or maybe even film some kayaking from above. Instead, the drone was intended for service as either an insurgent scout or weapon. It never made it, because on Sept. 26, police in Denmark arrested two people on suspicion of buying drones bound for the Islamic State.
We know little more about this exact case. It was part of an ongoing investigation, and the suspects were specifically arrested under Denmark’s anti-terror laws. We do know considerably more about the flow of drones from Europe to ISIS, however, thanks to diligent work by arms investigators and trackers.