The United Nations nuclear agency claims it has detected a previously unknown complex in Syria that leads the International Atomic Energy Agency to believe the Assad regime worked with the so-called father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, A.Q. Khan.
photoIn 2007, the Israelis claimed to have bombed a nuclear plant in Syria.
Pakistan’s nuclear weapon program was green-lighted by the United States in the 1980s. At the time, the U.S. was working closely with Pakistani intelligence to recruit and arm the Afghan Mujahideen who were fighting Soviet troops in the country.
Asked for his views on Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions, Ronald Reagan replied “I just don’t think it’s any of our business,” Andrew Cockburn reported in 2009.
“During the years that the infamous A.Q. Khan was peddling his uranium enrichment technology around the place, his shipping manager was a CIA agent, whose masters seem to have had little problem with allowing the trade to go forward,” Cockburn writes.
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