A prominent counter-insurgency expert is warning Pakistan could collapse soon. Pakistan is the only Islamic nation known to posses nuclear weapons. If Al Qaeda takes a prominent role in the collapse, they may get the nuclear weapons they seek. There have been unsubstantiated claims of Al Qaeda possession of nuclear weapons in the past. A collapse of Pakistan would increase the possibility this event would actually occur. Here is the story from smh.com.au
PAKISTAN could collapse within months, one of the more influential counter-insurgency voices in Washington says.
The warning comes as the US scrambles to redeploy its military forces and diplomats in an attempt to stem rising violence and anarchy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We have to face the fact that if Pakistan collapses it will dwarf anything we have seen so far in whatever we're calling the war on terror now," said David Kilcullen, a former Australian Army officer who was a specialist adviser for the Bush administration and is now a consultant to the Obama White House.
"You just can't say that you're not going to worry about al-Qaeda taking control of Pakistan and its nukes," he said.