posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:47 PM
A secret operation that took place last month in Iraq. US forces by plane flew hundreds of highly radioactive items out of Iraq that could have been
used in "dirty bombs" or other weapons of terror. Items included two tons uranium, cesium-137, colbalt-60 and strontium the latter two could have
been a real threat if they had been obtained by terrorists, uranium is not really effective in a radiological bomb..
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a secret operation, the United States last month removed from Iraq nearly two tons of uranium and hundreds of highly radioactive
items that could have been used in a so-called dirty bomb, the Energy Department disclosed Tuesday.
The nuclear material was secured from Iraq's former nuclear research facility and airlifted out of the country to an undisclosed Energy Department
laboratory for further analysis, the department said in a statement.
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham described the previously undisclosed operation, which was concluded June 23, as ``a major achievement´´ in an attempt
to ``keep potentially dangerous nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists.´´
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Not WMD, but in the wrong hands this stuff could have been real bad.
If this is what they found to be a threat in Iraq then I wonder how much of this radioactive material was unaccounted for after the war.
The war itself could have left an unstable or insecure situation where anyone could have obtained these materials.
Bottom line if a terror group wants to make a dirty bomb from radiological material it is very available world wide and in many forms strong enough to
produce a bomb that in the right place could create a huge human disaster.
[edit on 6-7-2004 by UM_Gazz]