Radical jihadist group ISIS has seized 88 pounds of uranium from a research facility at Mosul University, Reuters reports. “Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” says a Tuesday letter from the Iraqi ambassador to the U.N., who explained that it “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.” The letter continued, “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.” A U.S. government source told Reuters that the uranium is likely unenriched, meaning it cannot be used for nuclear weapons.
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