The ISIS is close to buying its arsenal of nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggling it into the U.S. The information was revealed in an article published in the ISIS magazine, Dabiq. The article has the byline of British hostage John Cantlie, a photojournalist who has been an ISIS hostage for more than two years now.
The ISIS has billion of dollars to buy nuclear weapon
In the article titled “The Perfect Storm,” Cantlie depicts a hypothetical operation through which the ISIS is likely to obtain nuclear weapon.
Cantlie wrote that the ISIS “has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.”
“The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the mujahidin move it south to Nigeria. Drug shipments from Columbia bound for Europe pass through West Africa, so moving other types of contraband from East to West is just as possible,” Cantlie wrote.
The nuclear weapon will then be transported to Central America and then to Mexico until it reaches the U.S.
“From there it’s a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and hey presto, they’re mingling with another 12 million ‘illegal’ aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk. Perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago,” Cantlie wrote.
“The Islamic State make no secret of the fact they have every intention of attacking America on its home soil and they’re not going to mince about with two mujāhidīn (jihadis) taking down a dozen casualties if it originates from the caliphate,” the article continues.
“As the territory of the Islamic State crosses from one border to another like a wildfire that is burning out of control, it’ll be only a matter of time before the Islamic State reaches the western world,” the article warns.
ISIS will “of course” use nuclear weapon against U.S. – Thornberry
The terrorist group will “of course” use nuclear weapon against the U.S., House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep Mac Thornberry told Jonathan Karl of ABC News.
“Would they do it if they had the opportunity? Of course. Would they use it if they had it? I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Thornberry said.
However, ISIS has not yet taken steps to obtain nuclear weapon, as there is “no evidence that it has happened,” said Thornberry. Still, the U.S. should act now and prevent the group from obtaining nuclear weapon, he said.
“We don’t wait until they get it before we take action that seriously degrades and destroys ISIS. Secondly, we keep pushing at their finances to lower the amount of money they have.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Glees, director of the Center for security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, said that it would be suicidal for Pakistan to supply nuclear weapon to the ISIS and vice versa.
“It would be suicidal for Pakistan to supply them and suicidal for ISIS to seek to acquire them – it would lead to immediate military intervention,” Glees told Mail Online.
While there is a high probability that ISIS might try to acquire nukes from other supplier, “all western intelligence agencies would be on the highest alert to prevent this,” Glees said.
“ISIS is swaggering and posturing. It is taunting both us in the West but also other Middle Eastern states and embarrassing Pakistan at the same time,” he said.
He however emphasized that the group is strengthening its stranglehold on Iraq and Syria. “That is desperately bad news for us.”
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