Ex-CIA Chief: Nuclear Bomb Is Biggest Al-Qaeda Threat

[Los Angeles Times] Julian E. Barnes - The main threat posed by al-Qaeda lies in its quest to obtain a nuclear bomb, former CIA Director George J. Tenet writes in his new book. In At the Center of the Storm, Tenet writes at some length about al-Qaeda's attempts to obtain or develop a nuclear weapon. Just weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, a Pakistani organization, Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, had met in Afghanistan with Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, to discuss how al-Qaeda "should go about building a nuclear device," the CIA was told. Tenet also sketches out details of an attempt by al-Qaeda leaders in Saudi Arabia to buy three black-market Russian nuclear devices in 2002 and 2003.

2007-04-30 01:00:00

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