Mohammed ElBaradei, the director of the IAEA has said that since the invasion of Iraq there has been extensive removal of nuclear-related equipment, some of it contaminated, as well as missile engines.
Some radioactive material turned up in Rotterdam harbor in December or January, depending on which article you read.
ElBaradei wrote: "It is not clear whether the removal of these items has been the result of looting activities in the aftermath of the recent war in Iraq, or as part of systematic efforts to rehabilitate" the sites. "In any event these activities may have a significant impact on the agency's continuity of knowledge of Iraq's remaining nuclear-related capabilities and raise concern with regards to the proliferation risk associated with dual use material and equipment disappearing to unknown destinations."
And its also a great health risk to Iraqi civilians or anyone else who comes into contact with contaminated material.
Ah, the irony of it all. The US invades the country because of the threat of nuclear weapons, and when that threat doesn't really pan out, they ignore nuclear facilities and sites, thereby exposing the population to radiation, exposing other countries to material that has been smuggled out, and possibly increasing the threat of proliferation. Is this real? Could this be really happening?
Apparently there's not alot of money to be made in guarding nuclear sites. Halliburton doesn't have a subsidiary to handle that. Yes, the best thing to do in that situation is just completely ignore the problem.