According to a report in the Arabic newspaper al-Hayat, Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network bought tactical nuclear weapons from Ukraine in 1998.
The report says the terrorists still have the “suitcase nuke” weapons and are storing them in safe places for possible use.
The newspaper said al-Qaida bought the weapons in suitcases in a deal arranged when Ukrainian scientists visited the Afghan city of Kandahar in 1998. The city was then a stronghold of the Taliban movement, which was allied with al-Qaida.
WorldNetDaily first broke the story of al-Qaida’s purchase of suitcase nukes Oct. 3, 2002. Paul Williams, an FBI consultant on international terrorism said then bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network purchased 20 suitcase nuclear weapons from former KGB agents in 1998 for $30 million.
His book, “Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror,” also says this deal was one of at least three in the last decade in which al-Qaida purchased small nuclear weapons or weapons-grade nuclear uranium.