Iraq to UN: ISIS Swiped Chemical and Nuke Materials
Militants grabbed 88 pounds of uranium from Mosul University
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.   (AP Photo/Militant video)

(Newser) – On Tuesday, Iraq confirmed to the UN that ISIS militants had control of Saddam Hussein’s former chemical-weapons stronghold. Now Iraq is saying that the Sunni insurgents also overran the University of Mosul last month on their way to Baghdad and pilfered nuclear materials used for scientific research, Reuters reports. Iraq's ambassador to the UN says the rebels got their hands on about 88 pounds of uranium compounds and that these materials could be smuggled out of the country or "used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction," according to his letter to the UN.

Reference to possible WMDs in Iraq raises an uncomfortably familiar red flag, notes the New York Times. But the uranium in question apparently isn’t enriched, but a "low-grade" material that "would not present a significant safety, security, or nuclear proliferation risk," according to a spokeswoman for UN nuclear regulator IAEA. A US official "familiar with security matters" expressed similar sentiments, saying he was unaware of the news causing alarm among US authorities. Just Monday, Iraq pledged to take part in the IAEA’s nuclear convention to control and protect nuclear facilities.

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iobamaislost
Jul 10, 2014 10:18 PM CDT
Don't worry! The Obama administration has everything under control. He can just blame it all on congress. Just before ISIS blows up a dirty bomb in some large American city.
njgreen
Jul 10, 2014 7:17 PM CDT
Haha, if this is actually true, I am really looking forward to those stone-age clods trying to handle radioactive materials. They will go to paradise but it will be long and painful trip. That said, I don't think it is true.
clmsadjman
Jul 10, 2014 12:56 PM CDT
I am sure ISIS will only use these weapons as a last resort! Oh BTW I thought Bush lied about these weapons I thought they didn't exist according to the left. And if they did exist why are they still there and not destroyed? Little more egg on Barry's face I am just saying!