According to Reuters, the Iraqi government informed the United Nations on Tuesday that the ISIS Islamic terror group has stolen nuclear material that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
Reuters obtained the letter from the Iraqi government to U.N. officials.Earlier on Wednesday, before this information was public, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned that ISIS poses an “imminent danger” to the United States.
The Obama Administration has sent over 600 U.S. troops to assist the embattled Iraqi government in their fight with ISIS over the past few weeks.
This country should not make any mistake on this, nor anyone in Congress — this is a threat to our country,” Hagel said while meeting with troops at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.
“This is a force that is sophisticated. It’s dynamic, it’s strong, it’s organized, it’s well-financed, it’s competent, [ISIS]. And it is a threat to our allies all over the Middle East. It’s a threat to Europe. It’s a threat to every stabilized country on Earth, and it’s a threat to us,” Hagel said.
He added that the Pentagon was getting daily assessments from troops deployed on the ground in Iraq, and the “finality of those assessments will be completed in the next few days.”
The administration has said that assessment would form the basis of next steps for the U.S. in Iraq, which is battling a terrorist takeover by ISIS.