In the latest issue of ISIS propaganda magazine Dabiq, the terrorist organization warns that they could acquire their first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within 12 months.
An op-ed written by journalist John Cantile outlined the potential scenario.
"Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table," Cantile wrote. "The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah (Province) 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," Cantile continued. "The nuke and accompanying mujahidin arrive on the shorelines of South America and are transported through the porous borders of Central America before arriving in Mexico and up to the border with the United States. 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.”
Castile, who has appeared in a number of ISIS media releases and content, was taken captive by the extremist group two years ago. According to the article, militants have acquired “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, [and] anti-aircraft systems,” and claim it would be less difficult than one would imagine to get a hold of a nuclear weapon. Cantile acknowledged that such a scenario seems ‘far fetched,” but warned that it was not out of reach.
“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,” he wrote. “And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That’s easy enough to make. They’ll [ISIS] 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.”
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