The “dirty bomb” issue and the jihadist strategy in Europe

On November 30, 2015 the Belgian police discovered a film regarding the movements of a Belgian nuclear researcher and his family who operated in Dohel-1, one of the seven nuclear production sites in that country, four in the Dohel region and three in the Tihange region.

The long film of all the nuclear expert’s movements was found in the Auvelais house of a man linked to the network of Al Baghdadi’s Caliphate. The jihadists were interested not so much in the nuclear plant as such, but in the possibility of using radioisotopes, namely products capable of causing poisonings, diseases, various temporary or permanent disorders in those who come into contact with them for a certain period of time.Radioisotopes, also known as radionuclides, are unstable nuclei which radioactively decay, resulting in the emission of nuclear radiations. As already said, the effects may be scarcely or highly significant, depending on the dose of radiations received and/or the type of emissions absorbed.

  • canminuteman

    Although this is certainly possible, I don’t think it is a huge threat. We have isotope samples that we use for the calibration of radiation detection and monitoring equipment, and although they are highly radioactive, they are also absolutely minuscule. When we leave work we go through multiple series of rad monitors, each monitor has a different purpose. One of those monitors is specifically to ensure that we have not got a used fuel bundle stashed in our lunch box. These monitors are so sensetive that if you have had any nuclear medicine treatment recently you set the alarm off just by being in the same room as the monitor, without even using it.