While a university in the besieged nation intended its use to be confined to research, Iraqi officials recently informed the world that a group of terrorists secretly got away with a stockpile of nuclear material.
Reuters reports this week that Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the country’s United Nations ambassador, recently sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describing the potential result of about 88 pounds of uranium falling into the wrong hands.
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” he wrote, noting that these compounds can be effectively used in deadly weapons.
“These nuclear materials,” he continued, “despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts.”
Furthermore, Alhakim warned the U.N. that the materials could potentially be moved across the nation’s border, meaning the threat is not contained to Iraq.
The nation has seen escalating violence imposed by terrorists within a network currently known as the Islamic State, although there is no evidence currently being reported that affirmatively links this group to the Mosul University theft.
Alhakim is asking for assistance from other nations in addressing this most recent incident.
“The Republic of Iraq is notifying the international community of these dangerous developments and asking for help and the needed support to stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad,” he wrote.
For its part, the U.S. government seems to be satisfied that Americans are safe for the time being. Reuters cited one official who noted that the unenriched uranium cannot easily be weaponized and another who had not encountered any warnings of a threat to the U.S.
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