LONDON: The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed that the group could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year from Pakistan.
In a piece titled The Perfect Storm, attributed to ISs British hostage John Cantlie, the groups mouthpiece Dabiq claims that IS has become the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen, and states: Let me throw a hypothetical operation The Islamic State 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.
British daily- The Independent quoting the article says that it does admit that such a possibility was far-fetched, but warns that it is the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and its infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago.
In the hyperbolic article, John Cantlie claims IS has transcended its roots as the most explosive Islamic group in the modern world to evolve into the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen in less than twelve months. Photojournalist Cantlie is regularly used in the terror groups propaganda and has appeared in a number of videos, including a YouTube series called Lend Me Your Ears. He has been held hostage by IS for more than two years.
The article describes militant Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to IS, uniting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to create one global movement. It claims this alignment of groups has happened at the same time as IS militants have seized tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems, from the US and Iran before turning to the subject of more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons.
After floating the possibility of obtaining a nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year through a network of weapons dealers linked to corrupt officials, Cantlie says And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? Thats easy enough to make.
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