Friday, July 11, 2014

The Caliphate turns radioactive (literally)

This is so much fun. Just like we have nuclear India and Pakistan ready to wipe out each other (and the world), we can look forward to a nuclear Shia-stan and Sunni-stan ready to annihilate the other. And if this was not fun inducing enough we have Gaza rockets targeting the Israeli nuclear reactor.

At this point we would just like to consult with a state-of-the-art crystal ball to know how things will be in a decade or so. The World survived the World Wars I and II, do we really have the ability to survive WWIII?
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

"Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction."
"These nuclear materials, 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," said Alhakim.
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development raising any alarm among U.S. authorities.




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