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The legacy of Iraq's bombed nuclear plant

Radiation still haunts the reactor attacked by Israel, Iran and the U.S.

“Of all the experts that have surveyed this area, no sign of weapons development has been found,” said Anwar Ahmed, project manager for the Tummuz Reactor Decommissioning Project.

Ahmed said what made the tragedy so appalling was that a “civilian facility” was destroyed by a military enemy.

“It was a sad day for the people of Iraq,” he said. “This was like a child of the Iraqi people. We gave our sweat and blood and money for the building of these facilities for the scientific advancement of Iraq. Suddenly it was all gone.”

For 42-year-old Jassim Mohammed, who witnessed the bombings from his produce stall just meters from Tuwaitha’s main entrance, the Israeli attack held no particular significance.

Mohammed said several foreign powers have bombed the area — Israel, the United States and Iran — and he describes this as “no problem” for the locals.

“Iraqi people know all about planes, guns and bombs. We just continue to sleep, work, eat and sleep. If we thought about these things we’d be very, very tired. This is life in Iraq.”