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Al Qaeda Shopping for Nukes says ElBaradei

The head of the United Nations’ blind, toothless nuclear watchdog has told a Norwegian TV channel that Al Qaeda is seeking nuclear weapons. This is no surprise, of course, but if someone like ElBaradei (who has been strangely ineffective at stopping Iran’s mad rush for nukes) is saying it publicly, the situation is probably worse than anyone wants to admit.

While Osama BIn Laden began as the financer of Al Qaeda's terror, Ayman Zawahiri was the brain. Seen here against the backdrop of that accursed balck banner of the Khilafah (The Islamic Caliphate) (Photo credit : Yahoo News )


“They were actively looking into acquiring a nuclear weapon and other weapons of mass destruction,” Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in an interview in Vienna with Norway’s commercial TV 2 channel on Saturday.

TV 2 said that ElBaradei’s remarks referred to the al Qaeda network, blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and other extremist groups.

The IAEA website quoted ElBaradei as saying that proof had been found in Afghanistan, where U.S.-led-troops toppled the Taliban government in 2001 after it refused to hand over al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

“I would be surprised if they did not try to acquire nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. That would be the most horrible scenario because these extremist groups - if they have the weapon, they will use it,” ElBaradei said.

He said there was a “race against time” to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and plug gaps in the security of atomic weapons and materials.

“The more nuclear weapons that exist, the more threat we are facing. And the more countries that have nuclear weapons, the more danger we are facing,” ElBaradei said.

“We can’t afford one single lapse in the system of security of nuclear material or nuclear weapons,” he said.

Story Credits: Yahoo News and Little Green Footballs

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