Case Narrative


An Nasiriyah Southwest
Ammunition Storage Point

Final Report

September 26, 2000

Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern that their unexplained illnesses may result from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate those incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996.

Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular case narrative focuses on the An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point and whether chemical warfare agents, chemical weapons, or biological weapons were stored there during Desert Storm and the post-war US occupation. We published the initial narrative on July 30, 1998, and an updated version on January 10, 2000. Since that time, the Presidential Special Oversight Board reviewed the narrative and recommended that we amend the report and republish it as final after incorporating additional information from the 67th Explosive Ordnance Detachment concerning the identification of a suspected chemical munition. This version of the narrative responds to the Board’s request, so this is a final report. However, if you believe you have information which may change this case narrative, please contact my office by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
US Department of Defense
2000172-0000001 Ver. 2.1




          A. Background on Iraq’s Chemical Weapons Program
          B. Background on Iraq’s Biological Weapons Program
          C. An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point Description
          D. Desert Shield and Desert Storm
          E. The Cease-Fire and Occupation of the An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point
          F. The Search for Chemical Weapons
          G. The Search for Biological Weapons
          H. An Nasiriyah Biological Sampling Mission
          I. Oozing Munitions
          J. Demolition Activities
          K. UNSCOM Inspection Findings



          A. Chemical Warfare Agent Detection
          B. Policies and Procedures for Munition Destruction
          C. Mission Coordination and Communications
          D. Doctrine, Tactics, Techniques, Procedures, and Training
          E. Feedback

TAB A - Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary

TAB B - Units Involved

TAB C - Bibliography

TAB D - Methodology For Chemical Warfare Incident Investigation

TAB E - List of New Information


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