Al Qaeda is About to Get Enough Uranium for 5 Nukes

The bad news is that Syria apparently has enough uranium, unenriched, for 5 nukes. The really bad news is that if Assad falls, that uranium may end up in the hands of

1. The Muslim Brotherhood

2. Hezbollah

3. Al Qaeda

So one lucky murderous Islamist terrorist group is likely to end up with a whole lot of uranium. And we might even get to decide which one.

1. If the Obama backed Muslim Brotherhood sweeps in quickly enough, they might be able to seize all that uranium. Perversely this isn’t the worst case scenario because due to its seizure of power in Egypt (thanks O), the Brotherhood already has access to plenty of nuclear materials and is moving forward with a nuclear plant.

However having a whole lot of uranium fall into the hands of Muslim Brotherhood militias is different than having it fall into the hands of a Muslim Brotherhood government. Those militias, despite their outward piety, are often made up of men who will steal anything that isn’t nailed down and then resell it. And those who aren’t thieves, will still smuggle and sell it to support other Islamist wars around the world.

2. Hezbollah. If Assad falls quickly, he will have a whole lot of stuff to dispose of. That includes the Uranium. Getting it to Iran would be a pain, but getting it to Lebanon would be a lot easier. And Lebanon is currently controlled by Hezbollah’s allies and Hezbollah is controlled by Syria.

3. Al Qaeda. Despite Obama’s efforts to help the Muslim Brotherhood take over Syria, Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front appears to be performing much better on the battlefield and has already captured quite a number of strategic locations. It is entirely plausible that the Al Nusra Front may capture WMD stockpiles as well.

David Albright, the head of the US-based Institute for Science and International Security think-tank, and a leading expert on the Iranian nuclear programme, said there were legitimate concerns about a uranium stockpile in Syria.

“There are real worries about what has happened to the uranium that Syria was planning to put into the Al-Kibar reactor shortly before the reactor was destroyed in 2007,” he said. “There’s no question that, as Syria gets engulfed in civil war, the whereabouts of this uranium is worrying governments. There is evidence to suggest this issue has been raised by one government directly with the IAEA.”

An IAEA inspection team visited the destroyed Al-Kibar site in May 2008 and only found traces of uranium. This merely added to the mystery of where the 50 tonnes of uranium, if it exists, might be. Such a stockpile would be enough, according to experts, to provide weapons grade fuel for five atomic devices.

Fear not, Hagel, Brennan and Kerry will be on this. They’ll even stop by the winner’s house with some more free uranium as a show of good faith.

  • JacksonPearson

    Hagel, Brennan and Kerry are exactly the kind of worms Obama want in his administration. With Obama allowing upper government to be infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, America have taken one more giant step to her demise.

  • Ar'nun

    I don't believe Hezzbolah will worry about getting them to Iran. The reason Hezzbollah is fighting so hard to over-throw Assad is because he wouldn't go along with the MB plan. Lybia offers them access to Israel's West Coast. Egypt offers them access to Israel's Southern boarder. Lebanon in already controled by Hezbolah. Syria will offer them access to Israel's North. The Prince of Jordan must be on board with the Brotherhood. This is why Obama didn't back the revolution in Iran, it wasn't part of the MB master plan.

  • Thomas Wells

    What, you don't like hard core science?

  • Daniel Fagan

    It is much harder than it sounds to build a nuclear bomb, North Korea has never successfully built a worthwhile device- They only were able to get a fissile of about 2.5 kilotons or around half the size of the Hiroshima bomb , bad but not as it could be. The Pakistani bomb was on the same magnitude. Honestly I believe that Iran will have no more success tan these other rouge states. It would cause a world war if they did use one- which is what a twelver like the current president of Iran wants to bring forth the long awaited Mahdi,( Anti-Christ to the rest of the world).

  • darynn

    u cant do anything with unriched uranium

  • RGNY

    Uranium can't automatically be used to create a weapon. You have to assemble a detonation device for it. The worst they could do immediately would be to create a so-called "dirty bomb" – conventional explosives that scatter radioactive material. Given that uranium is pretty expensive, they'd probably get more mileage selling it for cash or political favors.

    Given that a dirty bomb will do very minimal physical damage and a whole lot of emotional damage, they'd probably not get a lot of benefit from it.