Any speculation that the material was sold to the Islamic State to be used as a weapon was ended. Right now the question on everybody’s mind is how did the radioactive material owned by Swiss inspections group SGS ended up 15km southwest of Basra in the southern town of Zubair. Investigations have already begun when the company first announced the material was stolen from a storage facility belonging to Weatherford back in November.
Jabbar al-Saidi, the chief of the security panel, explained the details surrounding the find: “A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with a special radiation prevention team and retrieved the device.. After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100 percent and there is absolutely no concern of radiation. After failing to take it out of the town, the perpetrators decided to dump it. After failing to take it out of the town, the perpetrators decided to dump it”.