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U.N. Nuclear Inspectors Head to Iraq Over Looting

A team of seven inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency left for Iraq on Wednesday to conduct a limited probe into reports of looting at Iraq’s main nuclear facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) task will be to determine how much nuclear material was looted from a storage site near the Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center after the war. But the United States, as the occupying power in Iraq, has limited their mission to counting missing containers of radioactive material and repackaging spilled material. They will not measure environmental contamination or look into reports of radiation sickness among nearby residents. The team is also barred from entering the main Tuwaitha complex and will have no access to six other nuclear sites in Iraq that were allegedly looted in the post-war chaos. Full Story

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