Using old-fashioned undercover tactics, radiation detectors and clothing threaded with recording devices, American FBI agents and a team of investigators from the country of Moldova, have been thwarting gang members suspected to have Russian ties from selling radioactive materials to undercover agents that the smugglers thought were from ISIS.
Four such sting operations have occurred in Moldova since 2010, according to the Associated Press, with the smugglers trying to sell various isotopes of uranium and cesium for millions of dollars.
The fear is that the smuggled materials could be used in a so-called dirty bomb, a class of weapons known as radiation dispersal devices, or RDDs. News agencies keep incorrectly referring to the materials involved in the latest sting, powdered cesium-137, as nuclear bomb materials.
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