The Caliphate and nuclear power. A nightmarish combination that could be implemented and change – or better, revolutionize, the power relations between the Middle East and North Africa, where ISIS men continue to expand, shedding blood and spreading terror. The black militia in Al Baghdadi may be supported by Eastern Europe crime organization with alleged connections with Russia. The alarm was launched by the Associated Press, according to which the collaboration between FBI and national authorities has led, during the last 5 years, to the block of 4 attempts to get in contact between traffickers of radioactive material and jihadists. The last known case dates back to last February, when Daesh militiamen were offered an amount of caesium “sufficient to contaminate many cities”.
Those organizations have no scruples. Some of them are linked to the agency which took the place of the Russian KGB, which created a prosperous black market in Moldova. The seizure of the traffickers, however, was prevented by significant inefficiencies: the heads managed to escape, whereas those who were arrested avoided lengthy prison sentences, in some cases returning fast to smuggling. Moldovan police and judges have shown the investigative files to the Associated Press in an effort to shed some light on how dangerous the black market of nuclear weapons has become. To complicate matters even further, there are the difficult diplomatic relations between Russia and the West. The rupture in the cooperation between the two blocks – claim local authorities – makes it difficult to understand whether those bands are trying to sell illegally parts of Moscow’s vast nuclear possessions. “We can expect more such cases,” explained Constantin Malic, a Moldovan police officer who investigated on all four cases. “Until those criminals think they can make a lot of money without being arrested, they will continue to do so”.
In interceptions, the videos of the arrests, the photographs of material for the production of explosives, as well as in documents and interviews, the AP says that it has found a worrying vulnerability in the anti-traffickers strategy. From the first known case in Moldova, in 2010, up to the most recent cases emerges a pattern: the authorities seize the suspects during the initial phase of the deal, giving thus the heads of the bands a chance to escape with the smuggled nuclear weapons, a clear indication of how the business of nuclear power in the Balkans is far from being under control.