WASHINGTON: Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world and by 2020 it could have enough fissile material to produce more than 200 nuclear devices, a top American think tank has said. “Though many states are downsizing their stockpiles, Asia is witnessing a buildup. Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear programme in the world. By 2020, it could have a stockpile of fissile material that, if weaponized, could produce as many as 200 nuclear devices,” council on foreign relations has said. The report ‘Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age’, authored by George Mason University’s Gregory Koblentz, has identified South Asia as the region “most at risk of a breakdown in... more ›
BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive on Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the US plans to arm. Authorities in the city implemented a 24-hour curfew as Iraqi armed forces and tribesmen fought to regain Ramadi’s eastern Sijariya neighborhood, which the extremist group said it captured on Friday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered more aerial support and weapons for both soldiers and Sunni militiamen battling the Islamic State group in Anbar province, where Ramadi is the provincial capital. The US and Iraqi governments have been working to woo Sunni tribesmen to support the fight, proposing the establishment of a... more ›
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