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Reevaluating Al-Qa`ida’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Capabilities

Two months after the 9/11 attacks, Usama bin Ladin claimed to possess a nuclear capability. Yet there is no evidence that al-Qa`ida’s quest for nuclear weapons ever went beyond the talking stage. This article reviews al-Qa`ida’s WMD efforts, and then explains why it is unlikely the group will ever acquire a nuclear weapon.

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