ISIS aims to build nuclear arsenal

Self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham outlines hypothetical operation involving smuggling of nukes from Pakistan to US

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

In the latest issue of their in-house apocalyptical magazine Dabiq, ISIS suggests that they can lay their hands on nuclear weapons within a year.

“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah (province) in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region,” says an article showing the hostage journalist John Cantlie as the signatory.

The hypothetical article with the headline “The Perfect Storm” claims that the nuke can be transported using the transport line of the drug dealers – first through West Africa and then through Columbia and Mexico before reaching US soil.

Although Cantlie, famous with “Lend me Your Ears” YouTube videos, admits that this is a “far-fetched” fantasy, he says that ISIS is after something big.

“They’ll be looking to do something big, something that would make any past operation look like a squirrel shoot, and the more groups that pledge allegiance the more possible it becomes to pull off something truly epic.”

TRTWorld and agencies