Concerns about Potential Nexus Between Terrorism, TCOs and RN Weapons


There are “substantial disincentives” for Latin American-based transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and Islamist terror groups to collaborate, “especially when it comes to radiological and nuclear [RN] materials,” concluded a new report by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’s (START) Unconventional Weapons and Technology Research Program.

The report — which is drawn from a recent two-year project conducted by START to assess the potential nexus between TCOs, terrorists and RN smuggling in Central America and the Caribbean — was prepared in response to concerns last week over the theft in Mexico of a truck transporting spent cobalt-60 that had been used in medical applications to a waste disposal facility. The material eventually was found.