In Radiation Safety History
On November 13, 2002 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accepts UN weapons
inspectors back into the country. In 1998 the UNSCOM weapons inspectors
left Iraq. There is considerable debate about whether they were "withdrawn",
"expelled" from the country by Iraqi officials (as alleged
by George W. Bush in his "axis of evil" speech), or they chose
to leave because they felt their hands were tied sufficiently to see
the mission as hopeless.
In January 2003, United Nations weapons inspectors reported that they
had found no indication that Iraq possessed nuclear weapons or an active
Post war discovery in April 2003, US Marines stumbled across a number
of buildings which emitted unusual levels of radiation. Upon close inspection
the troops uncovered "many, many drums" containing low-grade
uranium, also known as yellow cake. The material was transported out
of Iraq in July 2008 and sold to Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp.,
in a transaction described as worth "tens of millions of dollars."