WASHINGTON — U.S. forces have bombed some sites in Afghanistan that could have been involved in producing chemical, biological or radiological weapons, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday.
Other such sites have been left alone, and others likely have not been found, Rumsfeld said.
In a recent interview with a Pakistani journalist, terrorism kingpin Osama bin Laden claimed to have nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction but said he would not use them unless the United States used such weapons first.
Rumsfeld said he is worried bin Laden’s boast may be true, although it is unlikely the terrorist leader has nuclear weapons. He said bin Laden’s al-Qaida network is known to have links to terrorism-sponsoring countries that can make chemical, biological and radiological weapons.
Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s national security adviser, said there is "no credible evidence" bin Laden had acquired nuclear weapons. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he thought it unlikely the Saudi exile had such weapons.
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