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                          SITUATION REPORT

              KUWAITI OIL INDUSTRY DAMAGE, DESTRUCTION
                       AND THREAT ASSESSMENT

                DATE: 24 FEB 91         TINE: 1500

1. WEATHER:   SMOKE COVERS PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PERSIAN GULF EAST
AND SOUTHEAST OF KUWAIT.   CEILING 8000 FEET, OCCASIONALLY 3,000.
GROUND WINDS FROM SOUTHEAST; WINDS ALOFT MOVING EAST.    SHOWERS IN
KUWAIT SHOULD END BY ABOUT 1500C 24 FEB.

2. GROUND VISIBILITY:    IMPROVED; SPOTTY IN MARCENT SECTOR; SKIES
DARK OVERCAST ALONG COAST, MAY BE MARGINAL TWILIGHT TYPE LIGHT DUE
TO THICK SMOKE COVER. GROUND LEVEL SMOKE VIC FIRES WILL BLOW BACK
OVER DEFENDING TROOPS TODAY (FROM S.E.), AND TOMORROW (FROM S.W.).

3. IMPACT ON OPERATIONS/WEAPONS SYSTEMS:

   A. GROUND:   SMOKE COULD PROVIDE CONCEALMENT, WITH CONCOMITANT
HEALTH HAZARDS FOR DEFENDERS, BUT SHOULD NOT IMPEDE ALLIED GROUND
OPERATIONS.   THERE IS HIGH DANGER FROM HEAT, POSSIBLE BLAST HAZARD,
AND  TOXIC  GASES  IN  VIC  OIL FIELDS,  GATHERING   STATIONS,  AND
REFINERIES, UNDESTROYED SECTIONS OF WHICH MAY BE SET TO BE REMOTELY
DETONATED DURING OR AFTER ALLIED OCCUPATION.   (NOTE: INTENSE HEAT
FROM FIRES IS INSTANTLY LETHAL WITHIN 600 FEET OF FIRES.  SMOKE MAY
HAZE NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT. PARTICULATE MATTER MAY FALL WITH THE
RAIN ON KUWAITI ROADS TODAY, MAKING THEM EXTREMELY SLIPPERY.

   B. AIR:  SMOKE MAY HAMPER BUT WILL NOT PREVENT CLOSE AIR SUPPORT
IN MARCENT SECTOR; MAY IMPEDE CLOSE AIR SUPPORT IN COASTAL SECTOR.

   C. SEA:    ON  SURFACE, SMOKE  IS LIKE FOG;  WILL NOT   RESTRICT
OPERATIONS.   OVER TARGETS,  NAVCENT USES RPVS OR OViOS.    IF THEY
CANNOT SEE TARGETS, NAVCENT AIR ASSETS WILL NOT SHOOT UNLESS USE
OF GRID COORDS AUTHORIZED.

4. REPORTS OF NEW DESTRUCTION/FIRES/OBSCURING SMOKE:

     - MORE THAN 220 OIL WELLS/WELL HEADS ARE NOW CONFIRMED BURNING
IN KUWAIT, UP FROM 179 ON FIRE YESTERDAY. PARTIAL IMAGERY COVERAGE
AND HEAVY SMOKE PREVENTED AN ACCURATE COUNT OF EVERY FIRE,      BUT
FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN THE FOLLOWING OILFIELDS: MANAGUISH, UMM
QUDAYR, AL MAQWA, AL BURGAN, AL AHMADI AND RAWDATAYN.  IN ADDITION,
91 WELLS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED IN THE WAFRA OILFIELD, SOME OF WHICH ARE
STILL BURNING.   28 OF THE FIRES INVOLVE HIGH PRESSURE WELLS.

     - NAVOPINTCEN SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH KU OIL ISSUES INDICATES AS
MANY AS 475 OIL WELLS/OIL HEADS MAY NOW BE ON FIRE.

5. OIL TRENCHES:   AWAITING REPORT FROM J3.


PREPARED BY U.S. CENTCOM CCJ2 FORCE ASSESSMENT BRANCH, CAC.


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