CTC Sentinel. Volume 3, Issue 9, September 2010
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY COMBATING TERRORISM CENTER
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Two months after the 911 attacks, Usama bin Ladin claimed to possess a nuclear capability. On the morning of November 8, 2001, the Saudi militant was eating a hearty meal of meat and olives as Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist, interviewed him in a house in Kabul. Mir asked Bin Ladin to comment on reports that he had tried to acquire nuclear and chemical weapons, to which the al-Qaida leader replied I wish to declare that if America used chemical or nuclear weapons against us, then we may retort with chemical and nuclear weapons. We have the weapons as deterrent. Mir asked, Where did you get these weapons from Bin Ladin responded coyly, Go to the next question. After the interview was finished, Mir followed up this exchange over tea with Bin Ladins deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. I asked this question to Dr. al-Zawahiri that it is difficult to believe that you have nuclear weapons, Mir explained. So he said, Mr. Hamid Mir, it is not difficult. If you have 30 million dollars, you can go to the black market in Central Asia, make contact with a disgruntled Russian scientist and get from him suitcase nuclear weapons.
- Unconventional Warfare