Tactical Nukes Deployed vs. Bin Laden and Chechnya

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Disclosure: US and Russia Strike Reciprocal Deal on Tactical Nuclear Weapons Deployment Against Afghanistan and Chechnya

6 October: DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin, in a single 70-minuted conversation on September 23, eleven days after the terrorist assaults in New York and Washington, agreed on the deployment of tactical weapons. This is an epic shift in the global balance of strength. Putin gave the nod for US forces poised in Central Asia to jump into Afghanistan to be armed with tactical nuclear weapons, such as small neutron bombs, which emit strong radiation, nuclear mines, shells, and other nuclear ammunition suited to commando warfare in mountainous terrain. In return, Bush assented to Russia deploying tactical nuclear weapons units around Chechnya after Moscow’s ultimatum to the rebels, some of whom are backed by Osama Bin Laden, to surrender, went by without response. DEBKAfile’s military sources place the US nuclear weapons in four former Soviet Central Asian bases: the military air facility at Tuzel, 15 km (10 miles) northwest of the Uzbek capital of Tashkent; at Kagady in the Termez region; in Khandabad, near the city of Karshi; and at the military air base in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. In addition to the nuclear weapons units, Russian bombers carrying small neutron bombs were moved to Russian military air bases around the border of the breakaway province, in Stavropol northwest of Chechnya, the Godowta base in Georgia to the south, and Mozdok in northern Osetia, northwest of Chechnya.

Russian and U.S. military sources refuse to take questions on these startling events. The US is far from eager to actively inject a nuclear element into the war against terrorism and will not be the first to do so. According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the US plans to hold those tactical nuclear weapons in reserve, unleashing them in the campaign against bin Laden only in certain extreme circumstances:

1. To counter a move by Bin Laden’s men first bring out nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against the US force fighting inside Afghanistan.

2. If a chemical or biological assault by the Taliban against Pakistan.

3. Should groups of bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network – either in Central Asia or the Balkans – wield these weapons of mass destruction against US military targets or US nuclear arms in other parts of the world.

4. If using them is the only way to save heavy American combat casualties.

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-- Robert Riggs (rxr.999@worldnet.att.net), October 06, 2001


Let us all pray that none of the U.S.' tactical nuclear weapons get captured by the "enemy," lest we all pay a heavy price for this adventure.

-- neil r (nmruggles@earthlink.net), October 06, 2001.

From whatever angle or perspective one considers this, bringing nukes into play increases the dangers of this "war" -to all of us- exponentially. Nukes make no difference between Americans, Russians, Chechens, Taliban, Christians, Jews, Muslims. Is humanity indeed insane enough to do itself in? One is reminded of movies like "The Day After". Nobody needs the ultimate horror movie to become reality.

-- Swissrose (cellier3@mindspring.com), October 06, 2001.

These two newbies (Putin and W) sure have a lot of leeway here with regard to deciding the destiny for humans on this planet. As stated, if we even begin to think we're about to suffer heavy casualties (10, 100, 1000, 10,000, ? troups) we can go nuclear. All this decided during one 70 minute phone call. Sure wish I had a ticket to one of those deep, self-contained, hardened underground structures these guys are speaking from. Or, have they agreed to stick it out topsides with the rest of us?

-- Ken (n4wind@sonic.net), October 07, 2001.

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IMO, too many people take anything, from these kinds of sources, as credible.

Some critical thinking is needed here, folks!


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