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Al-Qaeda prepared for chemical, biological, nuclear attacks: CIA

Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terror network is poised to unleash chemical, biological and even nuclear attacks, the US Central Intelligence Agency said. “Al-Qaeda and associated extremist groups have a wide variety of potential agents and delivery means to choose from for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attacks,” the CIA said in a report obtained by AFP Tuesday. The report — entitled “Terrorist CBRN: Materials and Effects,” referring to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons — noted that several groups associated with al-Qaeda have tried to carry out attacks in Europe “with easily produced chemicals and toxins best suited to assassination and small-scale scenarios.” The unclassified report also pointed to training videos uncovered in Afghanistan, which show al-Qaeda’s tests of cyanide-based chemical agents. Full Story

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