New and startling facts about Taliban and other militant outfits keep coming from time to time, but the revelation made in a new book about Taliban acquiring nuclear bomb in early 2009 is perhaps the most striking. There has always been suspicion and fear about Taliban and al-Qaeda trying to acquire nuclear weapons to wage a war against the United States and other western countries. Therefore, the US and other European countries have been keeping a close eye on the nuclear program of Pakistan to prevent it from landing into the hands of terrorists.
The new book titled “Confront and Conceal” by David Sanger, who is a chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, reveals that Presidentin 2009 was told by CIA in a dramatic Oval Office meeting about “ambiguous” evidence suggesting that Taliban might have acquired atomic bomb. Although ambiguous, the revelation put intelligence and security agencies of the country at their toes to determine the complete truth as soon as possible.
According to details, when CIA intercepted a call of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) based in the tribal region of Pakistan, they suspected that Taliban might have acquired nuclear or “dirty” bomb. Sanger says that no one in the CIA was sure about the information, but even then nobody was also willing to ignore the information. Some security and defense experts suggested at that time that Taliban might not require nuclear bomb, but they might develop the dirty bomb if some radioactive material landed their hands.
It will be pertinent to mention here that most militant outfits have well-educated and wealthy members. So, there has always been a fear that Taliban might steal or even get radioactive material from Pakistan. The CIA also reported at that time that there were hundreds of Taliban sympathizers in the powerful military of Pakistan and they might facilitate terrorist outfits to get the radioactive material.