Tuesday, July 06, 2004

US Removes Nuclear and Radiological Material From Iraq

A victory in the fight for US security:

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham (news - web sites) announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have completed a joint operation to secure and remove from Iraq (news - web sites) radiological and nuclear materials that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program.

"This operation was a major achievement for the Bush Administration's goal to keep potentially dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists," Secretary Abraham said. "It also puts this material out of reach for countries that may seek to develop their own nuclear weapons."

Before the invasion of Iraq this material was under the control of a brutal dictator that had sworn revenge against the United States and had ongoing and increasing relationships with terrorist groups including Al-Queda. The material is now in the hands of the United States and therefore will not be used against us, our forces abroad or our allies. Based on this announcement alone the War in Iraq has made us more safe.

Read it here.