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Theft of Cobalt in Iraq Prompts Security Inquiry

A seeming lapse in surveillance by American forces has led to the looting of dangerously radioactive capsules from Saddam Hussein’s main battlefield testing site in the desert outside Baghdad and the identification of at least one 30-year-old Iraqi villager, and possibly a village boy, as suffering from radiation sickness. The two capsules, taken from a site once used by Mr. Hussein’s government to test the effects of radiation on animals and perhaps humans, have since been recovered after an American sweep through the area. But American officers fear that more cases of the sickness may follow, and that they will be powerless to help unless people in the villages of Amiriya and Shamiya break their silence and identify men who looted the desert site in early September. Full Story

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