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Taliban, Al Qaeda may have missiles, chemical weapons: Report

Dharam Shourie in United Nations

A United Nations expert panel has said the Taliban and the Al Qaeda could possess missiles capable of delivering nuclear or chemical weapons and recommended broadening of arms embargo on the ousted militia and the terror group to cover the entire Afghanistan.

Based on information from 'competent sources', the panel, in its report, said that the Taliban and Al Qaeda members could 'possibly' have missiles.

The panel is also trying to confirm reports that Taliban had shells packed with Sarin and VX nerve gas.

The experts were not certain about the location of the missiles and whether they are operable, but said that they could be used to deliver nuclear, chemical or conventional weapons.

The panel suggested strict monitoring in Afghanistan to prevent the remnants of terrorists from rearming themselves and selling opium to buy new weapons.

It also suggested international monitoring of former terrorist training facilities as also drug production centres.

Prior to the US-led offensive, the panel estimated that there were about 100 Scuds with a range of about 300 kms and at least four Scud mobile launch units.

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