In an interview former White House security boss during Donald Trump’s presidency John Bolton said there were fears the regime would claim the devastating weapons from Pakistan
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The Taliban could arm themselves with up to 150 nuclear warheads after retaking control of the country, an ex-security advisor has warned.
In an interview former White House security boss during Donald Trump’s presidency John Bolton said there were fears the regime would claim the devastating weapons from neighbouring Pakistan.
As the US withdrew from the country last month the Taliban quickly seized control of Kabul, sparking a mass evacuation that saw chaotic scenes at the capital city’s airport.
The evacuation of Kabul saw 165 flights remove more than 15,000 people in just a fortnight – with the 16 Air Assault Brigade at the forefront of Operation Pitting which involved more than 1,000 personnel.
Now, Mr Bolton, who served as a national security adviser between April 2018 and September 2019 under former US President Donald Trump ’s administration, has warned of further threats.
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In an interview with WABC 770 he said: “The Taliban in control of Afghanistan threatens the possibility of terrorists taking control of Pakistan too.
“That means maybe 150 nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists which is a real threat to us and our friends.”
It comes after reports that the Taliban had recruited Chinese cyber spies to help them snoop on Afghan civilians in a mission to prevent revolts against their iron rule.
Beijing has sent its best communications experts to Kabul to show the Taliban how to intercept phone calls on land lines and mobile networks, and monitor internet use, and social media.
Western intelligence sources say the aim will be to prevent rebellions being organised on social media, as happened across the Middle East during the Arab Spring.
A US intelligence source said: “China has been wooing the Taliban, preparing for this day for years.
“It has controlled citizen communication for a long time and has become adept at monitoring phones, the internet, all forms of communication.
“This is likely to give the Taliban immense power and control over the entire country as social media could be an enabler to those wanting to revolt. It also gives people they are hunting down, such as former officials and security personnel, few options in how they communicate with other networks.”