THE barbaric Islamic State could be on the brink of unleashing nuclear weapons against the West, a top researcher has warned.


By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

Harvard researcher Matthew Bunn revealed that extremist groups such as ISIS are “evolving” and could be armed with nuclear weapons in the near future.

The report on Managing the Atom by the US university researcher details the threat of three types of nuclear or radiological terrorism.


This includes detonation of a nuclear bomb, sabotage of a nuclear facility and use of a dirty bomb to spread radioactive material.

But the report looks in greater detail at the possibility of a nuclear bomb being detonated as it would be “most catastrophic”.

The report comes as the Nuclear Security Summit sets to take place today in Washington.


Western leaders including David Cameron are growing increasingly fearful that terrorist groups are closer than ever to their goal of obtaining a chemical or nuclear warhead.

The authors also wrote: “The radiation from a dirty bomb, by contrast, might not kill anyone—at least in the near term—but could impose billions of dollars in economic disruption and cleanup costs.

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The effects of sabotage of a nuclear facility would depend heavily on the specific nature of the attack, but would likely range between the other two types of attack in severity.

The difficulty of achieving a successful sabotage is also intermediate between the other two.”

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The report looks into ways to tighten up security at nuclear sites as well as protecting hospitals and industrial sites in a desperate bid to stop such attacks.

It says: “Making a crude nuclear bomb would not be easy, but is potentially within the capabilities of a technically sophisticated terrorist group, as numerous government studies have confirmed.”

The two-day summit will be hosted by Barack Obama and comes in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks which left 31 people dead.

The silver sniper: 62-year-old Abu Tahseen joined a Shia militia in Iraq in May 2015 to defend his homeland who has fought in five wars claims he has wiped out 173 ISIS jihadis in Iraq in less than a year Video shows him allegedly taking aim at jihadi sniper then shooting him dead Talks about how gun throws victims back a metre before ‘putting them down’ Claims he is so accurate that ISIS militants are afraid to walk up his mountain By JAMES DUNN FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 09:48 GMT, 17 March 2016 | UPDATA veteran sniper has killed at least 173 ISIS fighters in Iraq at the age of 62 after volunteering to join the fight against jihad in his home country.

Footage shows the grey-bearded Abu Tahseen allegedly shooting and hitting a militant from the mountains in Iraq he is defending with his deadly aim.

Mr Tahseen, who has fought in five conflicts, expertly spots the target, shoots, then says ‘sweet’ before praising the prophet Mohammed in the video.ED: 10:48 GMT, 17 March 2016
The sniper joined the Popular Mobilization Units as a volunteer to defend Iraq is currently stationed at Makhoul Mountains in North Baiji.

He has been fighting since May 2015 and tells the camera he has already killed 173 militants, although the number could have risen significantly since it was filmed in December.
The pensioner, who has bullets longer than his fingers strapped to his belt, talks about what his powerful weapon does to his targets, saying it ‘pushes him back one meter before putting him down’.

He talks proudly about how militants fear the area he defends with his gun, pointing to the miles of wide open space below, saying: ‘You see this area – I guarantee to god no-one would come up it’
Mr Tahseen says he refuses to leave the spot, and when he was given a month off, he returned to defend it just 12 days later.

He is one of a small army of volunteer fighters, many of whom have fought ISIS in Syria but returned to defend their homeland when the group gained a foothold in Iraq.

As he explains his role in the conflict, Mr Tahseen, who has fought in the Yom Kippur war, Iran-Iraq war, Invasion of Kuwait, Gulf War, hears chatter on the radio.

He then settles to take aim, and talks to his spotter has he looks down at the open ground below through his sights, and allegedly sees another sniper and his spotter.

‘He’s sitting next to him, right? or am I mistaken?,’ he says to his spotter, who agrees that he can see their heads showing.

Mr Tahseen then peers though his sights, sitting deadly still, as he takes aim and presses the trigger, and tying to control the huge rifle’s massive kickback.

The shot shakes the sniper, but he doesn’t remove his eye from the sights, watching for a few seconds until he sees the shot hit his target.

Mr Tahseen, who fights for a Shia militia, then says: ‘Sweet. Prayers to Mohammed and his family. Yes. Down in the valley.’