Ed Driscoll

AP: US Removes Uranium From Iraq

Iraq had a nuclear program? Who knew! (Well, other than the Israelis in 1981, and all of these folks, but nevermind that):

The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program, a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium, reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.

The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake”, the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment, was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.

Joe Wilson could not be reached for comment.