Nuclear Terrorism and ISIS: How Scared Should We Be?

(Le Monde-France) Nathalie Guibert - Western intelligence services know that jihadists have been trying to lay their hands on radioactive material. Experts dismiss the possibility of terrorists capturing an existing nuclear missile or manufacturing a military-grade weapon without the support of a state. But an attack on a nuclear power station could spew large amounts of radiation, spark a mass panic and render vast swaths of land uninhabitable. An even more credible threat is a "dirty bomb" made of radioactive components used in civilian contexts, such as research reactors, medical facilities or industrial plants.

2016-05-20 00:00:00

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