Fears are mounting as some radioactive material used to make nukes has been stolen in Iraq. Apparently this happened last year and is just now being made public. The obvious culprit, ISIS, is being considered as the possible suspect in this case. A dirty bomb could be in the making and who knows when, where and how they could use something of this magnitude. Read the full REUTERS report below.
REUTERS REPORT BY AHMED RASHEED, AREF MOHAMMED AND STEPHEN KALIN:
Iraq is searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year, according to an environment ministry document and seven security, environmental and provincial officials who fear it could be used as a weapon if acquired by Islamic State.
The material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop computer, went missing in November from a storage facility near the southern city of Basra belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford (WFT.N), the document obtained by Reuters showed and officials confirmed.
A spokesman for Iraq’s environment ministry said he could not discuss the issue, citing national security concerns. A Weatherford spokesman in Iraq declined to comment, and the company’s Houston headquarters did not respond to repeated requests for comment.