Iraq’s Sunni militants seize nuclear materials in Mosul

Iraq’s Sunni militants seize nuclear materials in Mosul

PanARMENIAN.Net - Iraq has warned the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul, BBC News reported.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Iraq's envoy to the UN said nearly 40kg (88lb) of uranium compounds were seized. The letter appealed for international help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad".

US officials reportedly played down the threat, saying the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium. The officials added that it would be difficult for the rebels to use the materials to make weapons.

"Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in the letter.

"These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separately or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts," he added.

Mosul, some 400km (250 miles) north-west of Baghdad, was last month seized by Isis-led (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) insurgents.

The letter comes a day after Iraqi officials confirmed that the rebels were in control of a disused chemical weapons factory.

The UN has said at least 2,417 Iraqis, including 1,531 civilians, were killed in "acts of violence and terrorism" in June. More than a million people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting.

Photo: AP/ Karim Kadim
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