U.S. Special Forces ready to snatch Pakistani nukes

MJMANDALAY

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US special forces snatch squads are on standby to seize or disable Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in the event of a collapse of government authority or the outbreak of civil war following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The troops, augmented by volunteer scientists from America's Nuclear Emergency Search Team organisation, are under orders to take control of an estimated 60 warheads dispersed around six to 10 high-security Pakistani military bases.

Military sources say contingency plans have been reviewed over the past three days to prevent any of Pakistan's atomic weapons falling into the hands of Islamic extremists if the administration of President Pervez Musharraf appears threatened by civil unrest.

advertisementSome of the special forces are already believed to be in neighbouring Afghanistan and on alert for the mission. It is also understood that satellite surveillance of Pakistan has been stepped up to keep track of the possible movement of nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems.

According to a US Congressional report published in November, Pakistan's nuclear deterrent consists of warheads for missiles and bombs dropped from aircraft.

To maintain security, the weapons are not stored fully-assembled. Warheads, detonators and missiles are kept separately, but able to be married up "fairly quickly" in the event of a national crisis such as confrontation with India.

While the US has stated publicly its confidence that Pakistan's military has the weapons "under effective technical control", Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted two years ago that if there was a radical Islamic coup, the US was "prepared to try to deal with it".

Internal security at Pakistan's nuclear storage sites is the responsibility of a 10,000-man security force commanded by a two-star general. Every member of the force is vetted with the aim of weeding out sympathisers of the Taliban and al Qaeda or anyone with extreme Islamic views.

US diplomatic and military initiatives since 2001 have concentrated on trying to ensure that pro-western commanders were in charge at the most sensitive sites.

There has also been pressure to keep Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency, thought to contain a number of high-ranking pro-Taliban supporters, out of the nuclear loop.



http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/for...ial_forces_on_standby_over_nuclear_threat.php
 

Fruit Monkey

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yea thats good make it public no one will read that ??? WTF
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Could be a disinformation ploy with the nukes already secured.
 

Hoagie

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The only other thing I can think of is that making the plan to seize them public will prevent India from launching any preemptive strikes. Outside of that, I can't imagine why this would be released publicly.
 

Hate & Discontent

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Anyone remember the last time we went into a country looking for WMDs?
Except this time theres no fucking question that Pakistan has the bomb. Theyve done multiple underground nuclear tests, and everyone knows it.
 

Butter Nuggets

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Why snatch them? Just set them off. Nothing of value will be lost.
 

mascan42

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Except this time theres no fucking question that Pakistan has the bomb. Theyve done multiple underground nuclear tests, and everyone knows it.
Let's just hope we're not depending on the same intel sources to tell us where they are, or we'll wind up snatching an ice cream truck.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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nice, our third front, we are doomed. we all know how well that worked for Hitler
 

Jerry1

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This won't be some big invasion type operation like Afghanistan or Iraq. This will probably be a pure Special Forces type operation(Rangers, Delta, SEALs and some others.) with air and helicopter support.
Since the US most probably has an idea where the weapons are kept in Pakistan, it'll be a snatch and grab operation.
Trouble is that if it hits the fan there and we snatch out the weapons, who ends up taking control? Al Queda? India?
It's a mess waiting to happen if Pakistan falls apart and that is one of our major staging areas into Afghanistan.
 

mendozathejew

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nice, our third front, we are doomed. we all know how well that worked for Hitler
afghanistan and pakistan is basically the same front, same enemy, same location. a border just happens to be in the middle of it and we've only paid attention to one side