US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11: German diplomat

31 Aug, 2015 9:53 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat said.

Michael Steiner, the current German ambassador to India, served as foreign and security policy aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

Talking to media Michael Steiner, said that that the nuclear option was under consideration. “They had really played through all possibilities.”

He said that there was a concern in Berlin that the Americans were so shocked by the attacks, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives, that they would overreact.

Steiner said that Schroder rejected his idea to publish a statement declaring “unconditional support” for the US.

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