Allah's Bomb: The Islamic Quest for Nuclear Weapons

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Based on intelligence from international sources and the author's own forty years of international reporting, Allah's Bomb covers both al-Qaeda's growing interest in acquiring nuclear parity and how South Africa built six atom bombs. ...

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Overview

It is called the "Club of Nine," the exclusive group of nations that have detonated nuclear weapons. Apart from the major powers, its membership also includes, India, Pakistan, and Israel. More recently, its membership was blighted by North Korea.
Based on intelligence from international sources and the author's own forty years of international reporting, Allah's Bomb covers both al-Qaeda's growing interest in acquiring nuclear parity and how South Africa built six atom bombs. South African technology and many of its missile scientists ended up in Iran. Author Al J. Venter also points out that an essential part of what was to have been Muammar Gaddafi's atom bomb program was constructed in a factory near Johannesburg.
Venter shows that there are counties in the Islamic sphere that are eager to acquire the bomb, including Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Syria.
A.Q. Khan, the disgraced Pakistani scientist who created the world's biggest international nuclear smuggling network, gets his share of attention, as do some of the people who worked for him, including a former major in the Israeli Defense Force who smuggled tightly restricted, triggered spark gaps from the United States to Pakistan.
Venter reveals that Tehran's weapons-of-mass-destruction programs are much further ahead than most authorities believe.
Venter details the close links between Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea and how the technology linked to an intercontinental missile is now shared by all three countries, which brings all of Israel into range of Iran, a country that almost daily threatens to obliterate it.
Also covered are the money and communications tied to today's sophisticated brand of international terrorism. As Venter explains, countering terror has a specific link to tracing the money that funds it.
The author also exposes a huge communication gap that has emerged in the Persian Gulf, which is being vigorously exploited by al-Qaeda.
That Israel has the bomb is no longer a secret, either. That fact was made public in December 2006 by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a television interview in Germany. It was Olmert who added the rider that were his people again threatened with annihilation, they'd use these weapons too.

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The peril of nuclear proliferation is urgent and intractable, argues journalist Venter (Iran's Nuclear Option, etc.) in this sprawling exposé, which examines the supply and demand side of the international nuclear black market. Iran, Venter contends, is the most determined and—given its anti-Israel animus—dangerous seeker of nuclear weapons, but al-Qaeda is in the market, as are possibly Saudi Arabia, Syria, Algeria and Egypt. Underpinning their ambitions is a dense web of suppliers, centered on the Pakistani proliferation entrepreneur A.Q. Khan. His network is a dark caricature of globalization, bringing together stolen fissile material from the former Soviet republics, European nuclear technology, Pakistani uranium-enrichment expertise, nuclear-capable North Korean missile designs and know-how from Russia, China, South Africa and elsewhere. With so much support and lax oversight by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Venter warns, covert nuclear-weapons programs like Iran's are far more advanced than is generally understood. Meticulously tracing who sold what to whom, Venter offers a comprehensive, if sometimes disorganized and repetitive, account of the industry, complete with sketchy sidebars on nuclear science and engineering and unhelpful (one hopes) diagrams of atom bombs, centrifuges and missiles. The welter of details about proliferation's intricate maze can be eye-glazing, but they make Venter's book a useful introduction to this unavoidably complex—and dire—issue. (Mar. 1)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781599212050
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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It is called the "Club of Nine," the exclusive group of nations that have detonated nuclear weapons. Apart from the major powers, its membership also includes, India, Pakistan, and Israel. More recently, its membership was blighted by North Korea.
Based on intelligence from international sources and the author's own forty years of international reporting, Allah's Bomb covers both al-Qaeda's growing interest in acquiring nuclear parity and how South Africa built six atom bombs. South African technology and many of its missile scientists ended up in Iran. Author Al J. Venter also points out that an essential part of what was to have been Muammar Gaddafi's atom bomb program was constructed in a factory near Johannesburg.
Venter shows that there are counties in the Islamic sphere that are eager to acquire the bomb, including Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Syria.
A.Q. Khan, the disgraced Pakistani scientist who created the world's biggest international nuclear smuggling network, gets his share of attention, as do some of the people who worked for him, including a former major in the Israeli Defense Force who smuggled tightly restricted, triggered spark gaps from the United States to Pakistan.
Venter reveals that Tehran's weapons-of-mass-destruction programs are much further ahead than most authorities believe.
Venter details the close links between Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea and how the technology linked to an intercontinental missile is now shared by all three countries, which brings all of Israel into range of Iran, a country that almost daily threatens to obliterate it.
Also covered are the money and communications tied to today's sophisticatedbrand of international terrorism. As Venter explains, countering terror has a specific link to tracing the money that funds it.
The author also exposes a huge communication gap that has emerged in the Persian Gulf, which is being vigorously exploited by al-Qaeda.
That Israel has the bomb is no longer a secret, either. That fact was made public in December 2006 by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a television interview in Germany. It was Olmert who added the rider that were his people again threatened with annihilation, they'd use these weapons too.
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