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Al Qaeda's Suitcase-Sized Weapons of Mass Destruction

Updated on April 6, 2010

The continual amassing of the weapons of mass destruction by Al Qaeda is indicative of an imminent massive attack on the United States. There is no other justification for Al Qaeda to acquire weapons of mass destruction, other than the destruction of Western society, the nonbelievers. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, one of America’s most wanted Al Qaeda operatives, shared this view in June 2002:

"We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans’] chemical and biological weapons" (Williams, 2005, p. 21).

SuitCase Bomb
SuitCase Bomb

Leaks from Al Qaeda operatives indicate Al Qaeda already have plans to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction. These plans vary widely, but all are grandiose in nature. The next attack, according to Al Qaeda defectors and informants:

"Will take place simultaneously at various sites throughout the country. Designated targets include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington, DC, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Valdez, Alaska, where the tankers are filler with oil from the Trans-Alaska pipeline" (Williams, 2005, p. 99).

Nuclear Blast
Nuclear Blast

It is unclear how Al Qaeda plan to carry out these large-scale attacks against the United States. Numerous reports indicate the Al Qaeda possess nuclear weapons that can be contained in suitcase-size bags. These “suitcase bombs” can easily be transported across borders in a variety of methods. The suitcase bombs are only “about 24 X 16 X 8 inches, weighing less than 30 pounds” (Friedman, 2004, p. 213). This small size makes them easy to conceal and hand-carry, as if legitimate luggage. Intelligence indicates that the Al Qaeda already possess some of these suitcase bombs. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) discovered intelligence that:

"Al Qaeda had already gotten hold of two suitcase nuclear devices through contacts an unspecified former Soviet republics in Central Asia. The ISI gave specifics. It provided the serial numbers of the weapons and the date of the manufacture – October 1988" (Friedman, 2004, p. 213).

The ending of the Cold War benefitted the United States in the short-term, however, many of the homeless nuclear weapons of the former Soviet Union unfortunately found homes in the hands of Al Qaeda. As shown by the 9/11 attacks, Al Qaeda have already demonstrated the patience and planning necessary to execute a large scale attack against the United States. It is only a matter of time before Al Qaeda attack again. It is imperative the United States plan and be ready for such an attack.


Friedman, G. (2004). America’s secret war: inside the hidden worldwide struggle between the United States and its enemies. Westminster, MD: Doubleday Publishing.

Williams, P. (2005). The Al Qaeda connection: International terrorism, organized crime, and the coming apocalypse. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.


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      george 7 years ago

      all this talk of AL QAEDA having WMD is nonsense. They can only dream of bombing america

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      military computer financing 7 years ago

      reading your hub was like watching a Nat Geo documentary.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Oh yes, they won't leave off. Fanatics never do. That is why I think the army should fight at home, no matter what country, at the border and protect their country. Thank you for a very informative hub.

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      kea 8 years ago

      Hxprof - I look forward to reading about your experiences with the border security org.

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      Hxprof 8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      We're on the same page kea. Note that I'll have an article out within the next couple months describing my experiences in a border security org. and a civilian anti-terror org; it was during this time that I discovered just how clueless most Americans are. Sad.

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      kea 8 years ago

      Hi Hxprof - it's nice to know someone else understands the seriousness of what's going on - you're right....we're too comfortably numb, as Pink Floyd would say!

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      Hxprof 8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      There's a lot of talk of these suitcase bombs. I'm skeptical of their existence, but confident that Al Qaeda is smuggling components to assemble nuclear devices into the US.

      It's pathetically easy for Al Qaeda to do this with our borders-north and south-extremely vulnrable. It's also true that we're inspecting no more cargo than we were at the time of 9/11. If Americans are shocked at the next terrorist attack on our soil, they haven't been paying attention. But guess what? Most Americans AREN'T paying attention. Most Americans are asleep, comfortably numb.

      Al Qaeda has stated that the next attack will make 9/11 look small by comparison-I believe they're serious. These are religious zealots who know no bounds, "Wild eyed pistol wavers who ain't afraid to die" (Don Henley, 'All She Wants To Do is Dance' 1985).


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