On Super Guns, High Melt Explosives and Other Gifts from the U.S. to Al-Qaeda

Abby Zimet

From The Guardian, an excerpt from "A History of the World since 9/11," a new book by Dominic Streatfeild, wherein the U.S. ignores warnings by munitions experts and allows al-Qaeda to get its hands on "the greatest explosives bonanza in history" - and then tries to cover it up. Read it and weep.

What U.S forces on a non-sanctioned "sightsee" stumbled on, then handed to Al-Qaeda: "Within a quarter of an hour, they started
finding things. Paved roads. Watchtowers. Perimeter fences. And, within
them, munitions of every possible shape and size. There were fat bombs,
thin bombs, cartoon-style bombs with big fins and, lying in the hot
morning sun, bombs that appeared to be leaking corrosive brown material.
Some of them were as big as Volkswagens."

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