Monday, October 28, 2002
Many Intelligence sources have concluded that Al-Qaeda is nuclear capabale. The uranium found in Kandahar is enough to make one radiological(dirty) bomb. As per Mossad , the Israeli intelligence, Bin Laden bought tactical nuclear weapons from some former Soviet republics. Many sources have contended, that the booming black market in radioactive materials has seen al-qaeda getting hold of Russia's missing cold war-era suitcase nukes. And the fact is that Russian Red Army's former chief, Gen. Alexander Lebed, in 1997 formally acknowledged, that some 84 such suitcase nukes, went missing from their military's inventory.
The question remains, as to what would be al-qaeda's strategy for using these weapons? Will they be used against major U.S or European cities or against Arab oil resources. Any use against the latter, would unleash a global economic catastrophy, this might eliminate American interest from the Middle East and help in realising Osama's ultimate goal of creation of an 'Islamic Superstate'.