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ISIS Has Seized 88 Pounds Of Uranium In Northern Iraq
Zero Hedge ^ | 7/9/14 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 07/09/2014 8:15:02 PM PDT by Nachum

With the mainstream media having moved on in the news cycle to Dow 'almost' 17,000 and the 'Border Crisis' Scandal, it seems The Islamic State (the terrorists formerly known as ISIS) have stepped up their game and come out swinging... by seizing 88 pounds of nuclear material (uranium compounds) from Mosul University. As Iraq's UN Ambassador warned, "these nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction... or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts."

As Reuters reports, 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.

The US is playing down the threat (for a change)

(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; uranium

1 posted on 07/09/2014 8:15:02 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

But Bush lied! There are no chemical or nuclear materials in Iraq! (LIBERAL HEAD EXPLODES!)


2 posted on 07/09/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: KC_Lion; TADSLOS

You know, I think we played this game before. Time to stock up on Rad-Away.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 8:17:02 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's t+.01hat 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Nachum

A separate report from yesterday stated ISIS also has captured 2,500 of Saddam’s rockets filled with SARIN, the nerve has that Aum Shinrikyo used to attack the Tokyo subway system.


4 posted on 07/09/2014 8:17:09 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Nachum

This is the Reuters story:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/us-iraq-security-nuclear-idUSKBN0FE2KT20140709

Author in your link is a character in Fight Club.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 8:17:50 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Nachum

and why wouldn’t they....


6 posted on 07/09/2014 8:17:53 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


7 posted on 07/09/2014 8:18:03 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

this is the perfect place and time to deploy neutron weapons

we need to take out these people entirely , before much more time passes and there is only one way .

first strike

and don’t worry about collateral damages .

They are coming for us anyway . Hit them first . Hit um now .


8 posted on 07/09/2014 8:19:35 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Nachum

Good thing Obama is securing our borders.


9 posted on 07/09/2014 8:22:58 PM PDT by boycott
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To: TigerClaws
Author in your link is a character in Fight Club.

Rule number one is: You're not supposed to notice that.

10 posted on 07/09/2014 8:24:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Nachum

This is a disaster. No one is taking this seriously. Americans will die and it’s the Left’s fault (probably their plan). God please help us.


11 posted on 07/09/2014 8:26:40 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Nachum

what a surprise,


12 posted on 07/09/2014 8:27:11 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Nachum

Uranium?? But that can’t be..the media has said for years and years that Bush critter was a liar, that there were no WMD’s in Iraq so how can this be..could it be..the media..they lied..oh good heavens


13 posted on 07/09/2014 8:28:47 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Nachum

unpossible!

lol


14 posted on 07/09/2014 8:30:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: LeoWindhorse

I don’t think we have any.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 8:30:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Nachum

There is not now nor there ever has been WMD in Iraq. It is all a Cheney lie to increase the profits of Haliburton!


16 posted on 07/09/2014 8:38:39 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Nachum

Obviously this is Bush’s fault for not finding it before when it wasn’t there.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 8:39:44 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: smokingfrog

These IS guys are clever—not your common breed of terrorist—thyey will use this for dirty bombs—I believe. Wait til they make Washington DC a radioactive wasteland. Get some illegals to carry it across the border in napsacks (if they die—so what?) Take out Houston, or Dallas. Blow up the cowboys in a big game? Lots of damage they could do—imagine what they could do to Iran? Or Israel?


18 posted on 07/09/2014 8:40:27 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade
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To: smokingfrog

I bet we do and I bet Israel does
and Russia ....it’s time to see if they work
as intended .


19 posted on 07/09/2014 8:40:56 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Nachum

There’s a sizable amount of yellow cake that we recovered after the war, and that then went missing, that’s probably still floating around somewhere in the area too.


20 posted on 07/09/2014 8:48:47 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Israel I would believe.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: LeoWindhorse

from WikiP : Use as an area denial weapon

In November 2012, a former British Labour defence minister (Lord Gilbert), suggested that enhanced radiation reduced blast (ERRB) warheads could be detonated in the mountain region of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border to prevent infiltration. He proposed to warn the inhabitants to evacuate, then irradiate the area, making it unusable and impassible. Used in this manner, the neutron bomb(s), regardless of burst height, would release neutron activated casing materials used in the bomb, and depending on burst height, create radioactive soil activation products.

In much the same fashion as the area denial effect resulting from fission product (the substances that make up the majority of fallout) contamination in an area following a conventional surface burst nuclear explosion, as considered in the Korean War by Douglas MacArthur, it would thus be a form of Radiological warfare. With the difference with that of neutron bombs producing 1/2, or less, of the quantity of fission products when compared to the same yield pure fission bomb. Radiological warfare with neutron bombs that rely on fission primaries would therefore still produce fission fallout, albeit a comparatively “cleaner” and shorter lasting version of it in the area if airbursts were utilized, as little to no fission products would be deposited on the direct immediate area, instead becoming diluted global fallout.

However the most effective use of a neutron bomb with respect to area denial would be to encase it in a thick shell of material that could be neutron activated, and use a surface burst. In this manner the neutron bomb would be turned into a “salted bomb”, a case of Zinc-64, produced as a byproduct of depleted zinc oxide enrichment, would for example probably be the most attractive from a military point of view, as when activated the Zinc-65 that is created is a gamma emitter, with a half life of 244 days.


22 posted on 07/09/2014 8:50:02 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

Irradiation of border would solve border crisis in USA


23 posted on 07/09/2014 8:57:58 PM PDT by kiwi_hawk (Religion of Peace)
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To: LeoWindhorse
we need to take out these people entirely , before much more time passes and there is only one way .

first strike

Well, put that idea on ice until at least January 2016.

24 posted on 07/09/2014 8:59:06 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Nachum; All

You don’t just slap an A-bomb together with just any old Uranium pilfered from a University. That isn’t how it works.


25 posted on 07/09/2014 8:59:56 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: TigerClaws
"Bush" had a long time to command over all those operations; WHAT is uranium still doing in that country?

OR, did it make its way back in since 2009?

Can't count on President Bush to defend himself, he didn't like to while in office, he certainly wont now.

26 posted on 07/09/2014 9:00:11 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Nachum

Impossible! Not true!


27 posted on 07/09/2014 9:02:26 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
You don’t just slap an A-bomb together with just any old Uranium pilfered from a University. That isn’t how it works.

And what dirty weapons could be made with it? Who could they sell it to who would give them greater, terrible weapons in return?

28 posted on 07/09/2014 9:03:17 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


29 posted on 07/09/2014 9:04:28 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Nachum

Not very probable either, but it is best not to give them any ideas in that regard.


30 posted on 07/09/2014 9:11:34 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Nachum
The report does not specifically indicate that the "88 pounds of nuclear material (uranium compounds)" is enriched.

Also the report does not indicate the kind of "uranium compounds" (unprocessed ore, yellowcake (mostly U3O8)? pure UO2? pure UO3? UF6? uranium hexafluoride? other uranium compounds?). There's a difference.

31 posted on 07/09/2014 9:34:27 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Sarah Barracuda

“Uranium?? But that can’t be..the media has said for years and years that Bush critter was a liar, that there were no WMD’s in Iraq so how can this be..could it be..the media..they lied..oh good heavens.”

I seriously doubt if the uranium obtained is more than very slightly radioactive, only useful as a bogus terror weapon. OTOH, even degraded, the chemical weapons (that don’t actually exist and never did), even degraded, would not do anyone any good and are filled with unknowns. I wouldn’t go within a mile of that place, but these people are crazy, and they are probably willing to take casualties in handling that stuff.

But, look at the bright side - the surviving Democrats might actually admit the truth.


32 posted on 07/09/2014 9:51:52 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: demshateGod

“Americans will die and it’s the Left’s fault (probably their plan). God please help us.”

Why should he (OK, or “she”)? We don’t seem to be interested as a society in helping ourselves, and are very capable of doing so.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 9:56:39 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Norm Lenhart

I see what you did there. Spare any caps, or perhaps a Nukacola for a fellow wanderer? It sure does get lonely it here sometimes ;)


34 posted on 07/10/2014 1:53:15 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: catbertz; KC_Lion; TADSLOS

He guys, we got another one that just crawled out of the vault! Starting to think a filtration system went bad down there or something...

;)


35 posted on 07/10/2014 1:58:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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36 posted on 07/10/2014 2:10:34 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Nachum

Obama says, “BRING IT ALL IN TO THE USA with
Hillary’s and Huma’s MANPADS. Kill them all.”


37 posted on 07/10/2014 3:47:27 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Nachum

We spent over a trillion dollars there and we didn’t remove all this stuff? color me shocked/s


38 posted on 07/10/2014 5:15:10 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: Nachum

The idea of a ‘dirty weapon’ is mostly a fear weapon. Yeah, it will scatter radioactivity all over the place, but that can be cleaned up. It wont produce ‘wastelands’. It is Not a nuclear weapon.


39 posted on 07/10/2014 1:13:04 PM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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