Amidst fears that militant groups are looking to seize radioactive materials to use in a terror attack, reports now suggest that a containment of the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 has disappeared in Kazakhstan.

Local police in the Mangistau region said that the container may have fallen from a transporter and is now missing.

"The container with the radioactive isotope caesium-137 has not been found so far," local source Azamat Sarsenbayev told the AFP news agency. Details surrounding the incident are sketchy but it appears that the consignment has actually been missing since last Wednesday.
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It’s no secret that this particular anniversary of 911 is as dangerous a time as we have faced in years. ISIL has recruited possibly more than a thousand people carrying US passports, who can enter and leave this country at will. There is no evidence that US intelligence knows who they all are, or perhaps who any of them are.
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The North Korean government has threatened a nuclear attack against the United States. The threat has generally been dismissed as preposterous, and I hope it is, but I wonder. It’s unlikely that they could reach the United States with a nuclear tipped ICBM, but I think that it’s quite probable that they could bomb Seoul, and possibly reach Japan with some sort of nuclear warhead.
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Nuclear terrorism is probably a far greater threat than the danger of a missile attack on the United States, but no effort is being made to detect fissionable material being smuggled into our country, and the Bush administration has slashed funding for efforts to help other nations like Russia safeguard their own nuclear materials.

Now that the cold war has ended, there are over 6 million pounds of bomb-grade plutonium and uranium left in the world, and most of it isn?t even kept in secure military installations.

Radioactive materials are missing, border controls are almost non-existent, monitoring equipment doesn?t work and smugglers are common. It?s only a matter of time before a terrorist group acquires the materials for the ultimate blackmail.
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