Hunt for Missing Radioactive Material in ISIS-Ravaged Iraq

Iraq is searching for potentially deadly radioactive material that was stolen late last year, officials said.

The material was contained in an industrial radiography device that vanished in November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told NBC News on Wednesday.

The IAEA said the missing "Ir-192 radioactive source in a shielding container" was classified as a Category 2 radioactive substance that, if not managed properly, could be fatal to someone exposed for a period of hours to days.

Its disappearance has raised fears the material could fall into the hands of ISIS fighters who control parts of the country.

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