Islamic State says it could buy nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year

Published: May 23, 2015
A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces flashes the V-sign for "victory" as he stands in front of a mural depicting the Islamic State (IS) group's flag on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr, on March 6, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from jihadists. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched the operation to retake Tikrit on March 2, 2015, the largest of its kind since IS overran swathes of territory last June. PHOTO: AFP

A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces flashes the V-sign for "victory" as he stands in front of a mural depicting the Islamic State (IS) group's flag on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr, on March 6, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from jihadists. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched the operation to retake Tikrit on March 2, 2015, the largest of its kind since IS overran swathes of territory last June. PHOTO: AFP

In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State (IS) has suggested that the terrorist group is expanding so rapidly that it will buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year.

The article, which the group attributes to British hostage John Cantlie, says that the IS surpassed its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months.

The British photojournalist, Cantlie, is often used in the terrorist group’s propaganda and has made appearances in several of their videos, including a YouTube series called “Lend Me Your Ears”. Cantlie has been IS’s hostage since the past two years.

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In the piece title “The Perfect Storm”, the militant group mentions other terrorist organisations such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to the IS, uniting across the Middle East, Asia and Africa to create one global movement.

The article claims this arrangement of groups has happened at the same time as IS militants have seized “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems,” from the US and Iran before turning to the subject of more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons.

“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” the article continues. “The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.”

“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.

“And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That’s easy enough to make.”

An attack launched by IS against the United States would ridicule “the attacks of the past”.

“They’ll (IS) 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.

“Remember, all of this has happened in less than a year. How more dangerous will be the lines of communication and supply a year on from today?”

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For now, the capability of IS to obtain such a device is beyond the group at the moment.

However, it should be noted that the Islamic State is indeed a well-funded group having secured numerous oil fields in Syria and Iraq. Further, the group also sells artifacts stolen from heritage sites seized during its insurgency, sometimes even for six figure sums.

The group also extorts money.

The finances of IS have been estimated to be about $2 billion, but there is no way to verify how much money it actually has access to.

The threats come against a mixed series of wins and losses in both countries; the group has been driven out of Tikrit in Iraq but has overrun Ramaldi and the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra.

A recent call to arms from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also appeared to suggest it may be overstretched in some areas, with his speech urging supporters from across the world to travel to its territories in the Middle East.

In September last year, British Home Secretary, Theresa May, warned that the militant group could become the world’s first “truly terrorist state”.

“We will see the risk, often prophesied but thank God not yet fulfilled, that with the capability of a state behind them, the terrorists will acquire chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons to attack us,” she said.

This article originally appeared on The Independent

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Asad
    May 23, 2015 - 3:29PM

    I hope Mr 10% doesn’t read thisRecommend

  • allah Ditta
    May 23, 2015 - 3:44PM

    They are known for making such hawkish claims/statements. Pakistan needs to respond in a very strong tone.Recommend

  • YM
    May 23, 2015 - 4:29PM

    This is new propaganda against Pakistan nuclear weapons to create a debate whether Pakistan has enough capability to keep them safe. I am well sure Pakistan can keep its nukes safe and all these Pakistan enemies supported propaganda will meet with its ultimate death.Recommend

  • satender rajput
    May 23, 2015 - 4:35PM

    Oh my god!!Recommend

  • Nazeer
    May 23, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Al Qaeda and ISIS are all western backed extremist organizations who have severely damaged reputation of Islam and killed many muslims.

    Their statements are usually in line with worldwide propaganda as per wishes of their masters.

    In todays world, should US want it, it can freeze all financial accounts and starve them to death. Better still, they can bomb them into pieces as they do with their drones here.

    Does sumbody actually believe that private militias are standing up to armies and survivng targetted air strikes from sophisticated air force jets and while they r at it, making millions.


    It wasnt very long ago when west was arming ppl fighting syrian govt and ISIS has emerged at same place. Co incidence?

    It wasnt very very long wen west was arming Afghans and this is where taliban emerged? Another co incidence.

    They r only there because they serve the purpose of their masters. Recommend

  • Reader
    May 23, 2015 - 5:03PM

    @satender rajput:
    Oh please that your Oh my God somewhere else! Recommend

  • Wijdan
    May 23, 2015 - 5:19PM

    IS is living in fool’s paradise, Pakistan’s nuclear weapon is not for sale rather Israel would love to give nukes for billions of dollars. Recommend

  • Wijdan
    May 23, 2015 - 5:21PM

    Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are the epicenter of criticism and this is again a cooked story to defame our nuclear program. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 23, 2015 - 5:52PM

    So far “West” has full confidence in our Military leaders who are sole custodians of nuclear weapons, therefore no Mr. 10 percent is in a position to negotiate their sale.Recommend

  • Hasnain haider
    May 23, 2015 - 5:53PM

    Allah Talah saves our country.This is another propaganda against pakistan..Another conspiracy by west and enemies to reproach pakistan in world and making his nuclear program suspicious and showing unsafe for world like iran.Government should bare this propaganda and speak in strong words against them on international forum.Recommend

  • Xman
    May 23, 2015 - 6:06PM

    Here is another hypothetical situation, Pakistan nuke IS to help them fast track their journey to the promised 72 virgins.Recommend

  • Azhar Iqbal
    May 23, 2015 - 6:15PM

    “The terrorists will acquire chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons to attack us,” she said(bitched). Seriously?
    In Middle east,North Africa,Pakistan,Afghanistan we have lost millions of lives and yet they are afraid they will be attacked by Terrorist!!! Recommend

  • Muhammad Shoaib
    May 23, 2015 - 6:43PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Chaudry Bhai you wrote, “So far “West” has full confidence in our Military leaders who are sole custodians of nuclear weapons, therefore no Mr. 10 percent is in a position to negotiate their sale.” But Chaudry Bhai just imagine of a scenario that India or Israel or Iran supplies ISIS with nukes and Pakistan is blamed for it and Pakistan is named by ISIS as supplier of the nukes; then how would we react? Though I don’t believe in conspiracy theory but this statement should not be taken lightly by our civil as well as military leadership. This is a serious statement and we must not naive it by a mere propaganda against Pakistan. This statement also depicts that how Important Pakistan is in the eyes of ISIS and they must be planning to make inroads herein. Hence we must be very careful about ISIS’s even small presence on our soil.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    May 23, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Oh My Allah !!!! This is terrible news!!!Recommend

  • Rajiv Soni
    May 24, 2015 - 12:21AM

    Best time to see if PAK is a resp nuclear state OR some one like AQ Khan will sell it n then say sorry…Recommend

  • Tyggar
    May 24, 2015 - 12:57AM

    Even the global psychopath knows where the marketplace isRecommend

  • Bibi
    May 24, 2015 - 1:02AM

    In their dreams! There are certain things that one cannot buy no matter how much money you dole out. Inshallah their dream will never come true.Recommend

  • Manzoor
    May 24, 2015 - 5:15AM

    There are a lot of corrupt officials in Pakistan. I wonder whether any of them would have access to nuclear tech and would be willing to sell it for a few billion dollars?

    The big problem is receiving the money (it’s not a small amount and will lead to a lot of questions) and escaping out of the clutches of the global police aka USA. I think it’s impossible for an individual to do this. It would have to be a state sponsored and protected entity.Recommend

  • Stewart J
    May 24, 2015 - 5:51AM

    The Islamic scholars must first remove all reference to the 72 virgins from the religious text. This is too tempting for young men at an age when little else goes through their minds. Once you get rid of these quotes, you’ll see that they will resort to studying and working hard to make a good life.Recommend

  • Stewart J
    May 24, 2015 - 6:11AM

    The situation on the ground is ideal for a group like Islamic State to get their fangs into Pakistan. The infrastructure is already in place. The population is also radicalized and there are any number of fissures in the fabric of the society. Recommend

  • Raju Indian
    May 24, 2015 - 9:18AM

    First bad news is that Pak is the only country mentioned by IS – not even N. Korea. Second bad news is that this is very believable for the rest of the world, even if not to Pakistanis – why? Well because Pakistan has done it in the past. It has itself stolen nuclear secrets under state/military sponsorship and then sold it also under state sponsorship. This makes Pakistan the only country with State-backed nuclear market. The final bad news for Pakistan is that the rest of the world, even fair-weather-friends, will not be able to imagine the mindless use IS can do with a nuclear device and will do whatever it takes to prevent it. I am sure most ordinary pakistani’s will be against it, but all it takes is one errant ISI/military guy who will collect a billion dollars and migrate to the US and watch the fireworks from there…Recommend

  • Azeez
    May 24, 2015 - 10:22AM

    @Nazeer: you have to change this type of mentality otherwise you will never overcome from the present situation in pakistan.Recommend

    May 24, 2015 - 11:37AM

    History has recorded who created Al Qaeda and who has benefited from its existence and operations. Another planned move and well calculated propaganda by anti Pakistan lobbyists using ISIS pretext. Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    May 24, 2015 - 1:03PM

    OH PLEASE——-Did anybody analysed why this buying statement is issued, if not, do so, then you will understand who is behind ISIS. Recommend

  • satender rajput
    May 24, 2015 - 1:13PM

    Why there is no counter statement from Pakistan on such a serious issue. Why such awkward silence.????Recommend

  • nadeem
    May 24, 2015 - 1:24PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    The nuclear program was under the military leaders’ supervision even back when centrifuge technology was being given to Libya, Iran, and an ‘unnamed’ country. So what is different today if it is still under the military leaders’ supervision? Recommend

  • Lost
    May 24, 2015 - 3:51PM

    As a matter of policy, we don’t believe in export of anything, see our balance of payments for reference Recommend

  • Fuad
    May 24, 2015 - 4:01PM

    The sponsors of IS have exposed themselves by saying that they will ‘BUY’ instead of ‘Acquire’ the nuclear weapons, defeating the old rhetoric of Pak Nukes falling into the hands of rouge elements. Another attempt by the enemies to disarm Pakistan.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    May 24, 2015 - 8:44PM

    @Stewart J:
    sounds like u know alot about pakistan. Looks like you spend your entire life in pakistanRecommend

  • hari
    May 24, 2015 - 11:07PM

    pakistan is capable of this…it will not be a surprise to world if pakistan sponsors it for few billion $Recommend

  • JSM
    May 25, 2015 - 5:24AM

    Did Pakistan not give nuclear bomb technology to Korea?Recommend

  • Weirdity
    May 25, 2015 - 7:55AM

    “This is new propaganda against Pakistan nuclear weapons to create a debate whether Pakistan has enough capability to keep them safe”
    Correct. I see the hand of India behind this propaganda. Do you agree with me? If you don’t, I will feel let down.Recommend

  • AA
    May 25, 2015 - 8:28AM

    Fuad, no body can disarm someone who has not been armed by their permission. Did Pakistan was GIVEN nuclear technology ? No Sir, it worked hard. Did they watch and didn’t try to stop ? No Sir they did what ever was in their power to stop it. Do they approve of Pakistan being the another state with nuclear arms ? No Sir, they have utmost desire to destroy its arsenal, its capacity and even they would like to lure away its scientists. But resiliently and jealously Pakistan guard its arsenal. Would they miss a chance if they have opportunity to snatch Pakistan nuclear assets ? No Sir they are watching eagerly. So please do not use statements like ” Another attempt by the enemies to disarm Pakistan. ” and BTW, what about “falling into the hands of rouge elements.” In their eyes, we are the rouge elements.Recommend

  • AA
    May 25, 2015 - 8:32AM

    @Muhammad Shoaib:
    They tried it in Syria, with chemical weapon, which turnout it could have been used by US Allied insurgents equally possible as by Syrian government. Thanks to Russian stand in the security council that saved Syria becoming another Iraq.Recommend

  • Prada
    May 25, 2015 - 9:07AM

    @Fuad: In Pakistan things have to be bought – not acquired. When you can ‘buy’ bombers to bomb places of worship, everything else must be simple. People in Pakistan are prepared to put their lives on the line for money. Don’t think it happens anywhere else.Recommend

  • Jigz
    May 25, 2015 - 10:01AM

    100% agreed with you. soon we will be watching many talk shows on this nonsense issue. in addition to this Indian, western Media will make more conspiracy theories. Pakistan has a lots of issues to fight in all forums and for this Pakistani Army, Govt, Media, All Political Parties, law enforcement agencies, Judiciary must be on the same Page to protect our core National intrest and must answer strongly against all conspiracies to the world in all forums.

  • Maher
    May 25, 2015 - 10:16AM

    so Saudia using such propaganda to take revenge for not participating in THEIR War..Recommend

  • May 25, 2015 - 10:30AM

    i think its easier for them to buy it from indiaRecommend

  • Haris
    May 25, 2015 - 12:13PM

    Well I suppose Pakistan needs democracy then.. Recommend

  • Maqbool
    May 25, 2015 - 2:13PM

    Good Idea, Maybe ask for financial aid from IS also. Recommend

  • Maxx.
    May 25, 2015 - 6:07PM

    After the Indian proxy TTP decimated by the Pak Army, in operation Zarb-e-Azb, the Mossad/Indian Raw nexus is coming up with all sorts of nefarious plans to malign Pakistan.

    This is highly probable that India or Jewish state give a nuclear/dirty bomb to ISIS, and then blame it on Pakistan. Israel and India are experts in False flag operations, read about the hijacking of Indian airline plane in 1971, which was a false flag by RAW to stop Pakistan Airforce over flying to then East Pakistan.

    These conspiracies and dirty games normally falls flat on the long run, with the blow back on the conspiring countries…it is getting as dirty as it can. Recommend

  • Leo.
    May 25, 2015 - 6:14PM

    ISIS is the new Al-Qaeda backed by the Jews and the US government, all under Israel control. Russian President has warned the US just a couple of days earlier that Russia has the satellite images of the 9/11 controlled implosion of the twin towers and Russia might release it at the right time.
    Proves that 9/11 was a false flag, another bigger false flag might be coming. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 26, 2015 - 6:54PM

    @Muhammad Shoaib:
    This is too far fetched. Those with such capability know how to shut mouths.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 26, 2015 - 7:01PM

    There are others who would strike a deal if the price is right and in dollars. But they have no excess. This is a proof of our trust in one body the Armed Forces. Every one is talking about Gawadar but they are shy of mentioning the man a Field Marshal who bought it from Oman whereas Nawaz Sharif is selling the treasures of Baluchistan to other countries. This is the difference between a Ayub Khan and others.Recommend

  • Faizan
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:36PM

    in near future Pakistan is also going to be part of islamic state and puppet rulers will be beheaded.Recommend

  • Shafiullah Shirazi
    Jul 22, 2015 - 9:04AM

    Dreaming is not illegal….selling dreams to someone is a punishable act.Recommend

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