Iraqi security forces stand guard at a checkpoint located at the entrance of the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra July 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Haidar Mohammad Ali)
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The U.N. atomic agency said Thursday it believed nuclear material which Iraq said had fallen into the hands of insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk.Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Ali al-hakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a July 8 letter that nearly 40 kg of uranium compounds were kept at the university.However, a U.S. government source said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a nuclear weapon.Citing U.N. investigations dating back ten years or more, Heinonen said there should be no enriched uranium in Mosul.
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