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November 14, 2004

Al Queda Possibly Targeting The U.S. Through Mexico With Nuclear Weapons

Topics: International News

Time Magazine is reporting that al-Qaeda has worked on plans to smuggle nuclear weapons out of Europe and into the US through Mexico.

A key al-Qaeda operative seized in Pakistan recently offered an alarming account of the group's potential plans to target the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, senior U.S. security officials tell TIME. Sharif al-Masri, an Egyptian who was captured in late August near Pakistan's border with Iran and Afghanistan, has told his interrogators of "al-Qaeda's interest in moving nuclear materials from Europe to either the U.S. or Mexico," according to a report circulating among U.S. government officials.

Masri also said al-Qaeda has considered plans to "smuggle nuclear materials to Mexico, then operatives would carry material into the U.S.," according to the report, parts of which were read to TIME. Masri says his family, seeking refuge from al-Qaeda hunters, is now in Iran.

Captain's Quarters has a summary with comments.

However this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since there have been previous reports of Al Queda plans to bring terrorists through Mexico. On October 3 of this year ChronWatch reported that "there are for more problems coming through our border with Mexico than illegal aliens and carloads of marijuana. .......... The threat from terrorists far exceeds that of illegals, as much as the latter strain our healthcare, education, and financial systems. Also, WOAI.com in San Antonio reported on Aug. 3 of this year that  The U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies along the Texas-Mexico border are beefing up security in the wake of the latest Al-Queda threats against the United States. Other incidents also have been reported by other media outlets during the last few months.

The Mexican border has been and continues to be an important front for our war on terror, whether or not our political leaders are ready to recognize this fact remains to be seen.

Posted by Hyscience at November 14, 2004 10:08 PM



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