The Iraqi authorities reported the abduction of dangerous radioactive substances


In Iraq looking for “extremely dangerous” radioactive substance has been stolen in the past year. This is evidenced by the document of the Iraqi Ministry of environmental protection, referenced by Reuters.

As stated by the Agency, seven members of the security forces of the country, protection of the environment and provincial authorities, they fear that the substance seized terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), and it can be used as a weapon.

The radioactive material was kept in a protective case the size of a notebook that was missing from the store, located near the city of Basra in southeastern Iraq, in November 2015. According to the Agency, the vault owned by an American oil services company Weatherford.

Weatherford and officials confirmed the authenticity of the document of the Ministry of environmental protection. The representative of the company in Iraq refused to comment, the representative of the Ministry of environment the United States also stated that it cannot discuss the issue of abduction matter.

In Washington said they were aware of the fact that Iraq is looking for пропавшbq in November, the case with vysokopatogennym substance. “They were looking for him still. Was it just missing, or it was stolen, it is not clear”, — said the Agency representative of the American authorities.

As told by a senior official of the Iraqi Ministry of environment in Basrah, in the case contained up to ten grams of the substance Ir-192, a radioactive isotope of iridium, which is also used for the treatment of cancer.

The international atomic energy Agency classifies the missing radioactive material to the second category. This means that being in close proximity for any number of minutes or a few hours can lead to injuries, and being with him for hours or a few days can be fatal.

The power and influence of a substance also depends on several factors, such as strength and retention of the material, however, the Agency was unable to find this information. In the document of the Ministry of environment States that the substance is dangerous to humans, the environment, and poses a threat to national security.

Security forces fear that the substance may be used for the manufacture of a “dirty bomb” (a bomb consisting of a radioactive isotope and explosives, the explosion of which a large area is exposed to radiation).

“We fear that a radioactive element will fall into the hands of ISIS,” said a senior representative of the security forces. “They could just attach it to the explosives and make a “dirty bomb,” — said the representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs.

Thus, according to the Agency, there are no signs that the substance was “Islamic state”. ISIS, which seized part of the territories of Iraq and Syria in 2014, does not control the areas near Basrah. The nearest from the city area, which is fully controlled by the terrorists of ISIS, is more than 500 km from Basrah in Western Iraq’s Anbar province.

In November of last year Associated Press with reference to sources in the U.S. intelligence and Iraq have reported that ISIS has created a special unit dealing with the development of chemical weapons. For this, according to interlocutors of Agency, the group was able to attract foreign specialists.

As told by AP, the head of Committee of the Iraqi Parliament security and defense said al-Hakim of Samili with reference to the intelligence data, the “Islamic state” managed to attract to the development of chemical weapons experts from abroad, including specialists from Iraq, who were engaged in the military-industrial complex in the administration of Saddam Hussein.

“IG are working on the creation of chemical weapons, particularly nerve gases. This is a threat to Iraq and to the rest of the world,” said Zamili.

However, sources in AP American intelligence doubted that IG enough technological capacity to develop nerve gas or biological weapons. According to them, trying to create them, the militants often harm themselves.