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10/15/2004

Unbelievable

That the administration failed to secure Iraqi nuclear sites is now old news. Today the AP is reporting that the sites were looted by "experts working systematically:"

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, IAEA director-general Mohamed ElBaradei said satellite photos and follow-up investigations show "widespread and apparently systematic dismantlement" at sites related to Iraq's nuclear program that had once been subject to stringent monitoring.

On Tuesday, Iraq's interim science and technology minister, Rashad Omar, said all sites under the interim government's control have been secured.

The minister said the missing equipment which the IAEA says includes milling machines and electron beam welders was taken in the looting spree that followed last year's invasion, which the United States said was aimed to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. The sites were quickly secured by coalition forces before they were turned over to Iraqi authorities with the formal handover of sovereignty in June, he said.

 

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