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Thursday, July 08, 2004

The Beeb reports that a fair amount of radioactive materials have been moved out or Iraq:
The US has revealed that it removed more than 1.7 metric tons of radioactive material from Iraq in a secret operation last month.
"This operation was a major achievement," said US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham in a statement.
He said it would keep "potentially dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists".
Along with 1.77 tons of enriched uranium, about 1,000 "highly radioactive sources" were also removed.
The material was taken from a former nuclear research facility on 23 June, after being packaged by 20 experts from the US Energy Department's secret laboratories.
. . .
Bryan Wilkes said much of the material was "in powdered form, which is easily dispersed".
I wrote about the leakage of wmd materials out of Iraq a short while ago. I'm pleased to see that something is being done, but I can't imagine this is half as much as we really need to be doing. It remains that this is the one issue over which I could change my mind over invading Iraq: if wmd materials get out that Saddam had under locks, and those materials are then used for a terrorist attack. Note to the Coalition: more effort here, please.


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