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Military Simulates Nuclear Attack on Brussels

European countries and the United States joined forces in a simulation war game showing the extent of damage that would be caused if a nuclear bomb were dropped on Brussels.

A simulation war game carried out earlier this week by staff from European militaries and their U.S. counterparts has revealed the extent of destruction that would be caused by a nuclear bomb in Brussels. "40,000 dead on the spot, 300,000 injured. A radiation cloud spreads over Belgium, northern France, the Netherlands and Germany, bringing terror and death. The old continent plunged into chaos," is the doomsday scenario painted by the simulation, according to French daily Le Figaro. The military exercise presupposes that terrorist group al-Qaeda had managed to procure enriched uranium from nuclear research facilities in Eastern Europe and succeeded in building a 10 kiloton bomb. The war game, named "black dawn," was attended by senior military personnel and the EU's high representative for foreign policy, Javier Solana. The conclusion drawn after these simulations, according to Le Figaro, is that once a group like al-Qaeda has obtained the materials, the military is then powerless to stop them. Preventing them from acquiring nuclear products is therefore the priority. (

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