Iraq Turns to UN for Help as Islamic State Seizes Low-Grade Uranium

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Bulgaria: Iraq Turns to UN for Help as Islamic State Seizes Low-Grade Uranium The Islamic State, a Sunni militant group, has gained control of territories in Iraq and Syria, where it has declared the establishment of a "Caliphate". Photo by EPA/BGNES

Baghdad authorities have asked for international help after Sunni insurgents controlling parts of the country seized radioactive materials used for scientific research.

Led by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS), militants have stolen 40 kg of uranium from the university in Iraq's second-largest city Mosul, which fell into insurgent hands in early June as part of their offensive across the country and in neighboring Syria.

A letter to the United Nations quoted by the BBC calls on the international community to help "stave off the threat of [the seized uranium]'s use by terrorists in Iraq and abroad.

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sees no significant "safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk" posed by the rebels' action and believes the uranium was not enriched.

It however considers the "loss of regulatory control" over such materials to be "a cause of concern".

The Islamic State aims to expand what it calls a "Caliphate" in territories it has managed to seize in Iraq and Syria.

Over the past weeks it has taken over a number of towns and cities in both countries despite efforts by governments in Baghdad and Damascus to drive them off.

In the turmoil created by the advance and gains of the Sunni militants, Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani has called on the region's parliament to draft a referendum on independence from Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was quoted by Al-Jazeera as saying in response that the regional capital Erbil is becoming an operational base for the Sunni fighters.

Washington in other countries have been trying to press Maliki into creating a new government including representatives of three major groups in Iraq (Shia, Sunni, Kurdish representatives) to ease down tensions.

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#5
malak petko - 10 Jul 2014 // 16:38:21

The US and West will not intervene in Iraq to stop this happening.

Yet they will intervene in the Ukraine to stop the Ukraine splitting up.
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In Ukrain !!! USA will supply Money, Information and Weapons... and plenty of advice ... but not more.

The idea is to cause harm to Russia and EU not to kill yourself.

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malak petko - 10 Jul 2014 // 16:25:59

But why Irak turns to UN? Because Barak is busy with Operation "Ukrainian Freedom".
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No!!!!!
Obama received clear orders from his spiritual leaders and from enormous banks that cherish the funds of Saudi Arabia.
The federal reserve is a private bank and who knows the origin of the control shares.

Nowadays USA cant do anything against the will of the Saudi king.
This jihad is project of the Saudis that is why the American media so heavily worked in favor of the jihadists.

Obama cant go against the hand that he kissed... haven't you seen that picture????

Meanwhile pushing the destructive power of USA towards Europe is a great idea...

You will fight the communism all the day and not asking questions how a Muslim born in Kenya become president of USA.

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malak petko - 10 Jul 2014 // 16:14:10

Iraq is likely to be split into 3 political units or states,

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Yes you are correct as far as a sharia based, radical, Taliban system can be called a state.

So we are seeing increase of the Taliban formations all over the world..

Europe is not excluded.. I can predict also that a Taliban state will be created in Europe also...

looks inevitable to me...

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Optimistic - 10 Jul 2014 // 15:02:05

Iraq is likely to be split into 3 political units or states, a Kurdish one, A Sunni one and a Shia one.

The US and West will not intervene in Iraq to stop this happening.

Yet they will intervene in the Ukraine to stop the Ukraine splitting up.

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sa-sha - 10 Jul 2014 // 13:35:19

Barak Obama, August, 2010: "American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over".
Total rejoicing and...and today Iraq Turns to UN for Help. Tremendous result of "Iraki Freedom". But why Irak turns to UN? Because Barak is busy with Operation "Ukrainian Freedom". Total rejoicing on the horizon.