Skip to comments.IRAQ: Radioactivity poses risk to population, warns UN nuclear agency (From Sadam Nuke Prog.)
Posted on 04/25/2006 9:06:30 AM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
BAGHDAD, 25 April (IRIN) - The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Monday that some 1,000 people living near the former Tuwaitha nuclear site faced serious health risks from lingering radiation.
Tuwaitha, situated some 20 km south of the capital, Baghdad, "is one of a number of sites in the country identified as needing decommissioning or remediation, where radioactive material was used or waste buried," according to an IAEA statement.
Residents of the nearby Ishtar village, for example, are exposed to levels of radiation higher than normal, the agency noted, which in the case of prolonged exposure could pose serious health risks. According to Bushra Ali Ahmed, director of the Radiation Protection Centre in Baghdad, blood tests carried out on residents revealed a degree of radioactivity in almost half of them.
Devoted to nuclear research under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, Tuwaitha has the highest levels of ambient radiation in the country, according to experts. "Research was done under the Hussein regime using the most dangerous kinds of nuclear material," said Ammar Kheiry, a senior official at the Ministry of Science and Technology. "This resulted in a concentration of radioactive material and exposure of innocent civilians to the dangerous material."
Kheiry went on to draw attention to the government's concern over radioactive material and equipment that vanished from Iraq's nuclear sites in the wake of the 2003 US-led invasion of the country. There have been scattered reports, for instance, of equipment being used by poor families to store water and petrol domestically.
Officials at the health ministry, meanwhile, point out that the number of patients diagnosed with cancer countrywide has increased noticeably in the past two years. Experts suspect the main cause for rising cancer rates could be radioactive contamination resulting from the widespread use of radioactive munitions and equipment.
"Before 2003, there was one new cancer case a day in the capital, at most. This number has now risen to five per day," said Dr Ahmed Abdul Jabbar, an oncologist at the Baghdad Radiation Hospital. "An urgent study should be undertaken, because, according to our statistics, most of the cancer cases have come from areas affected by war and fighting."
The government, therefore, has asked the IAEA for assistance compiling a study on radiation levels throughout the country. "We've called for help from international organisations with expertise in these issues to protect Iraqis from becoming victims of these dangerous materials," Kheiry explained.
The first steps to be undertaken by the IAEA will be to identify, cordon off and prioritise the areas posing the greatest risk to the population. According to agency officials, the main challenge will be to "determine unknown locations where contaminated equipment and materials might be buried and recover lost records about radioactive materials stored in waste containers".
But cleaning up radioactive materials is a relatively long and complicated process, say officials. "This is a huge task," Dennis Reisenweaver, the IAEA expert heading the effort, noted recently. "And one that could take many years."
In light of Josephs recent nuke related translations, this is interesting.
What a lie! Everyone knows that Saddam had no nuclear program. Just spears and rocks..ask Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann if you don't believe me.
Anyone think the MSM will connect the dots? ;-)
Thanks, I'll ping the list, because it is all tied together.
Hey Calpernia- remember the discussions on the tunnels?
Release/Translation of Classified PreWar Docs ping. If you want to be added or removed to the ping list, please Freepmail me.
Please add the keyword prewardocs to any articles pertaining to this subject.
GREEN--Bush killed people
BLUE--Bush stupid chimp
YELLOW--Bush evil genius.
Just flick the spinner, and VOILA, there is your daily news "spin". Just try to ignore the mental gymnastics that you have to perform to follow the latest meme.
If you check the archives, you'll find several articles on the mostly underground city at Tuwaitha. It was discussed when we went into Iraq. I believe that just last year we shipped out quite a lot of yellow-cake (for safekeeping in the US), which upset the UN folks.
Thanks for the ping. What puzzles me is why it has taken so long to discover this, it's not like radiation is hard to detect.
It hasn't. We knew about it from the time we went into Iraq.
I remember that. Funny how the MSM conveniently "forgets" these facts in their reporting.
But then, it really wouldn't fit the agenda, would it?
Thanks for the reminder.
Well is it that it's just being reported or that something is being done now? I know there was a thread yesterday about this but I don't recall anything about it in the last few years, maybe I just missed it.
Sorry, I just just saw your post #10, missed it before.
How dare you post such an ethnically offensive post on our list? I am calling the PC police immediately. /end sarc
And some that are more recent:
Backhoe do you have these great reference posted by MizSterious?
Thank you Miz, I appreciate you taking the time. I have some reading to do now. :-)
LOL. Where's a job where I can get paid to read and research?
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