According to the UK Independent
Iraq is searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year amid fears it could have fallen the hands of Isis jihadis.
The material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop, went missing from a US-owned storage facility in Basra last November ber, according to leaked environment ministry documents.
An unnamed senior security official with knowledge of the theft said: "We are afraid the radioactive element will fall into the hands of Daesh (Isis).
According to the comically named Iraq “Centre for Prevention of Radiation” the “device”
“… contained up to 10 grams (0.35 ounces) of Ir-192 ‘capsules’, a radioactive isotope of iridium also used to treat cancer.”
That “device”–is that the “protective case” mentioned in the first paragraph?
Leaving aside the “device”…that amount of Ir-192: is 10 grams a large or small amount for medical work? For nuclear “research?” For irradiating…what danger to people/property in conventional-explosive dirty bomb scenarios, or in plain old, here-hold-this terms?
Those “capsules”: how much do they contain–I’m thinking if they’re already each nice and safe packages, distribution of smaller amounts of the whole haul is that much easier.
What do those capsules look like? Presumably they attenuate the radiation–by how much (i.e., how easy to set off buzzers)?