(PatriotWise.com) – According to a Middle Eastern report, the 9/11 terrorist organization al-Qaeda has obtained a shipment of enriched uranium, which can be used to create nuclear weapons.
According to unnamed sources cited by the Israeli newspaper Maariv, some of the material was allegedly being sent from Iran to Houthi rebels in Yemen when the terror organization intercepted it.
The incident occurred in Yemen’s al-Bayda region, according to the reputable conservative publication, one of the most widely read newspapers in the nation, which reported this on Monday.
Little information was provided, and it is still unknown how a portion of the shipment was allegedly intercepted or diverted.
Osama bin Laden established the Islamist terror organization Al-Qaeda in the 1980s, with its headquarters near the Afghan-Pakistani border.
After al-Qaeda members targeted locations like the World Trade Center in New York and hijacked and crashed four aircraft in American airspace in September 2001, the organization unexpectedly became well-known in the United States. The atrocity known as “9/11” claimed the lives of about 3,000 people.
The assault sparked the contentious, multidecade “war on terror,” and bin Laden was ultimately assassinated in May 2011. The group’s membership started to decline, and a vengeful splinter group called Islamic State began to gather jihadists and gain popularity in its place.
However, in August of this year, a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, who had taken over as leader after assisting bin Laden in the 9/11 plot.
Allegations that al-Qaeda has now obtained some enriched uranium come as tensions between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program are rising. Negotiations on the subject ended two months ago, in September.
Benny Gantz, Israel’s defense minister at the time, asserted Iran could produce enough enriched uranium in a matter of weeks to produce three nuclear warheads.
He also asserted that he was aware of 10 factories in Syria producing weapons for Iran, which was arming Iran’s allies like the Lebanese Hezbollah.
According to Saudi sources cited by the Dubai-based TV network Al-Arabiya, Israel reportedly threatened Lebanon this past weekend to bomb Beirut’s international airport if it permitted arms transfers to Hezbollah via a private airline.
Early this year, a UN watchdog warned that Iran had gone against a 2015 agreement by building up its nuclear arsenal.
In a report published in March, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed Iran had a stock of 33.2 kilograms, or 73.1 pounds, of uranium that had been enriched to a fissile purity of up to 60%.
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