A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency warns the U.S. Government that Iraq Nuclear Facilities are unguarded and that radioactive materials are being removed from the country. According to the report, satellite imagery shows “extensive removal of equipment and in some instances, removal of entire buildings,” in Iraq. In addition, “large quanitities of scrap, some of it contaminated, have been transfered out of Iraq from sites” previously monitored by the IAEA.
The IAEA has been unable to investigate, monitor or protect Iraqi nuclear materials since the U.S. invaded the country in March 2003. The United States has refused to allow the IAEA or other U.N. weapons inspectors into the country, claiming that the coalition has taken over responsibility for illict weapons searches.
So far those searches have come up empty-handed and the CIA’s first chief weapons hunter has said he no longer believes Iraq had weapons just prior to the invasion.