“Highly Dangerous” Radioactive Material Stolen from US Company – Official Warns of ISIS “Dirty Bomb”

terror_alertBy Matt Agorist

Thanks to the tyrannical and murderous foreign policy of the United States, and their perpetual funding and arming of extremist groups in the Middle East, a terrorist organization known as the Islamic State has burst on to the scene and shown to be a substantial threat.

ISIS, unlike previous government-created bogeymen, has demonstrated that they are capable of inflicting great harm in both the East and the West, which makes the news of ‘highly dangerous’ radioactive material being stolen, quite worrisome.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the material had been stolen from a US-owned storage facility, in Basra, Iraq.


An unnamed senior security official with knowledge of the theft said, “We are afraid the radioactive element will fall into the hands of Daesh (Isis). They could simply attach it to explosives to make a dirty bomb.”

The material, a radioactive isotope of iridium Ir-192, was stolen last year but kept secret until this week when it was exposed through leaked environmental ministry documents.

The material is classified as a Category 2 radioactive by the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to the IAEA, the element can be fatal to anyone exposed to it in only hours.

According to Reuters, the material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop computer, went missing in November from a storage facility near the southern city of Basra belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford (WFT.N), the document obtained by Reuters showed and officials confirmed.

The document was dated November 30, and addressed to the ministry’s Centre for Prevention of Radiation. It describes “the theft of a highly dangerous radioactive source of Ir-192 with highly radioactive activity from a depot…in the Rafidhia area of Basra province.

Weatherford, based out of Houston, Texas, has not responded to a request for comment.

Ir-192 is used by oilfield companies to test for flaws in pipelines in a process known as industrial gamma radiography, and it was the property of Istanbul-based SGS Turkey, according to the document and officials.

While there is no indication the material has come into the possession of Islamic State, thanks to the US arming the ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria, the idea of a dirty bomb is now a credible threat.

There are no immediate suspects in the case. However, according to Reuters, a security official said the initial investigation suggested the perpetrators had specific knowledge of the material and the facility: “No broken locks, no smashed doors and no evidence of forced entry,” he said.

A spokesman for Basra operations command, responsible for security in Basra province, said army, police and intelligence forces were working “day and night” to locate the material.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • Salif

    Why was a US oilfield services company Weatherford, the owner of this nuclear weapons material? What did they need it for?

    • walcon

      Read the article!

    • Jim

      Its not weapons grade material. Iridium-192 has medical and industrial uses. Industrial use is for checking the weld seams of pipe. Cobalt-60 is another radioactive source used for checking welds. The nice thing about Ir-192 is its short half life, 73.83 days. The material has been missing for over a year so its gone through 5 half lives already. It was probably a 70 Curie source when it was made. So if we assume it was just made when it came up missing the activity to date would be around 2 Curies. All though it is still a hazard it is certainly less of a hazard than when it came up missing. If I were to guess at what really happened I would say the source was lost in the field. I hate to say it but radiography sources get lost on occasion.

  • American

    Looks like the guards were too busy on facebook – as usual in the usa.

  • walcon

    Good grief, the stuff would have been safer stored on a park bench!
    If it IS used by ISIS, the murders need to be on the heads of this company!

  • David

    yea,,, I remember the “Terror Meter”! it was a staple on every MSM news channel, Fox, Cnn, Msnbc back when John Kerry was running against incumbent George W. Bush. Funny how they all disappeared after ol Georgie got elected. Ol George W. Bush ran a campaign of Fear & the disappearance of the terror meter proves it. no, it was not a coincidence.

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