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Sunday, May 9, 2004

Black Dawn

NATO just went through a doomsday scenario planning drill they called "Black Dawn"

The premise of the scenario was that al-Qaeda had secured some enriched uranium from a civil nuclear research centre in Europe and had managed to build a home-made nuclear bomb.

In the scenario, al-Qaeda operatives explode their bomb at NATO headquarters on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium, killing 40,000 people immediately and injuring another 300,000.

The participants in the exercise recommended a series of priority actions:

These included the need to secure stocks of nuclear material, speed up the dismantling of tactical nuclear weapons and to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation regimes.

"We are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe," said former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn who was a participant.

NATO Simulates Al Qaeda Nuclear Attack [FoxNews, 4-May]
NATO nuclear attack simulation [TheAustralian, 5-May]

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