The W
Views: 132188899
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Color chart | Log in for more!
26.4.11 2020
The 7 - Current Events & Politics - Al-Qaida has nukes? Oh, joy... Register and log in to post!
(1370 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
Post (5 total)
Level: 86

Posts: 1043/1857
EXP: 6079075
For next: 63056

Since: 9.7.02
From: Sleep (That's where I'm a viking)

Since last post: 1799 days
Last activity: 928 days
#1 Posted on 21.3.04 2109.57
Reposted on: 21.3.11 2117.38
Click Here (

Al-Qaida's No. 2 Claims to Have Nukes

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Osama bin Laden's terror network claims to have bought ready-made nuclear weapons on the black market in central Asia, the biographer of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader was quoted as telling an Australian television station.

In an interview scheduled to be televised on Monday, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir said Ayman al-Zawahri claimed that ``smart briefcase bombs'' were available on the black market. It was not clear when the interview between Mir and al-Zawahri took place.

U.S. intelligence agencies have long believed that al-Qaida attempted to acquire a nuclear device on the black market, but say there is no evidence it was successful.

In the interview with Australian Broadcasting Corp. television, parts of which were released Sunday, Mir recalled telling al-Zawahri it was difficult to believe that al-Qaida had nuclear weapons when the terror network didn't have the equipment to maintain or use them.

``Dr Ayman al-Zawahri laughed and he said `Mr. Mir, if you have $30 million, go to the black market in central Asia, contact any disgruntled Soviet scientist, and a lot of ... smart briefcase bombs are available,''' Mir said in the interview.

``They have contacted us, we sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other central Asian states and they negotiated, and we purchased some suitcase bombs,'' Mir quoted al-Zawahri as saying.

Al-Qaida has never hidden its interest in acquiring nuclear weapons.

The U.S. federal indictment of bin Laden charges that as far back as 1992 he ``and others known and unknown, made efforts to obtain the components of nuclear weapons.''

Bin Laden, in a November 2001 interview with a Pakistani journalist, boasted having hidden such components ``as a deterrent.'' And in 1998, a Russian nuclear weapons design expert was investigated for allegedly working with bin Laden's Taliban allies.

It was revealed last month that Pakistan's top nuclear scientist had sold sensitive equipment and nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea, fueling fears the information could have also fallen into the hands of terrorists.

Earlier, Mir told Australian media that al-Zawahri also claimed to have visited Australia to recruit militants and collect funds.

``In those days, in early 1996, he was on a mission to organize his network all over the world,'' Mir was quoted as saying. ``He told me he stopped for a while in Darwin (in northern Australia), he was ... looking for help and collecting funds.''

Australia's Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said the government could not rule out the possibility that al-Zawahri visited Australia in the 1990s under a different name.

``Under his own name or any known alias he hasn't traveled to Australia,'' Ruddock told reporters Saturday. ``That doesn't mean to say that he may not have come under some other false documentation, or some other alias that's not known to us.''

Mir describe al-Zawahri as ``the real brain behind Osama bin Laden.''

``He is the real strategist, Osama bin Laden is only a front man,'' Mir was quoted as saying during the interview. ``I think he is more dangerous than bin Laden.''

Al-Zawahri - an Egyptian surgeon - is believed to be hiding in the rugged region around the Pakistan-Afghan border where U.S. and Pakistani troops are conducting a major operation against Taliban and al-Qaida forces.

He is said to have played a leading role in orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Promote this thread!
Level: 158

Posts: 3522/7534
EXP: 49610878
For next: 1075457

Since: 24.7.02

Since last post: 1760 days
Last activity: 1760 days
#2 Posted on 21.3.04 2114.20
Reposted on: 21.3.11 2118.03
Hopefully Zawahri will be taking the eternal dirt nap soon, or even better, already has been blown to pieces.
As for al-Qaeda having nukes: It would shock me if they hadn't tried to purchase them on the black market. However, if they have them, I'd be shocked they wouldn't have used one as an object lesson by now.

(edited by redsoxnation on 21.3.04 2214)
Level: 129

Posts: 2939/4700
EXP: 24472459
For next: 577262

Since: 11.7.02
From: MD

Since last post: 2551 days
Last activity: 1005 days
#3 Posted on 22.3.04 0625.08
Reposted on: 22.3.11 0625.12
This also begs the question of who they bought them from. Briefcase nukes have to have a great deal of upkeep associated with them. If they are not properly maintained, they will not work. That does not mean, however, that the nuclear material cannot be used in a new weapon.
Level: 101

Posts: 586/2743
EXP: 10472918
For next: 244794

Since: 8.10.03
From: flyover country

Since last post: 183 days
Last activity: 85 days
#4 Posted on 22.3.04 0818.05
Reposted on: 22.3.11 0819.17
I was under the impresion they were moe likely to try and use a dirty bomb as opposed to a true nuclear device.
Lap cheong
Level: 79

Posts: 985/1498
EXP: 4473413
For next: 106074

Since: 7.1.02
From: Birmingham, AL

Since last post: 16 days
Last activity: 4 days
#5 Posted on 22.3.04 2318.47
Reposted on: 22.3.11 2320.00
Since when did Al-Qaida become this respectable organization that above all else is always honest?
Thread ahead: Why does Rhea County exist?
Next thread: Canadian Conservatives Get Leader
Previous thread: Democrats in Idaho fumble
(1370 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
The 7 - Current Events & Politics - Al-Qaida has nukes? Oh, joy...Register and log in to post!

The W™ message board - 7 year recycle

©2001-2018 Brothers Zim
This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.3 seconds.