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Subject: ROCKETS WITH POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS APPLICATIONS  
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence 
 
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REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN 
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REQUEST. 
 
90 
COUNTRY: IRAQ 
SUBJ: MANUFACTURED ROCKETS WITH POSSIBLE CHEMICAL 
WEAPONS APPLICATIONS IN THE IRAQI INVENTORY 
DOI:   JANUARY 1985-1990 
 
TEXT 1: 
                        CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE IRAQI WEAPONS 
INVENTORY, IRAQ HAS SEVERAL THOUSAND SAKR 20 AND SAKR 30 
SURFACE-TO-SURFACE ROCKETS IN ITS INVENTORY THAT CAN BE 
FILLED WITH AND USED TO DELIVER CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS.  
IRAQI TROOPS, HOWEVER, DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY OR THE 
TRAINING TO SEAL THE SAKR 20 AND SAKR 30 MISSILE TUBES 
SECURELY AFTER FILLING THEM WITH A CHEMICAL AGENT.  SHOULD 
THE IRAQI TROOPS IN THE FIELD ATTEMPT SUCH A PROCEDURE, THE 
CHEMICAL AGENT WOULD BE UNSTABLE AND HAZARDOUS TO THE TROOPS 
THEMSELVES.  FOR EITHER ROCKET TO BE EFFECTIVE WITH A 
CHEMICAL WARHEAD, THE IRAQI  FACTORY TECHNICIANS WHO PERFORM 
THE SENSITIVE FILLING PROCEDURES WOULD HAVE TO ACCOMPANY THE 
TROOPS TO THE FORWARD AREA. 
 
          2. SINCE 1984, THE IRAQIS HAVE PURCHASED 
APPROXIMATELY 100,000 SAKR 20 AND SAKR 30 ROCKETS AND 
SEVERAL HUNDRED (NFI) SAKR 20 AND SAKR 30 ROCKET LAUNCHERS;                      
OF THESE ROCKETS, A HIGH PERCENTAGE (NFI) WERE SOLD WITH 
EMPTY WARHEADS  CAN BE FILLED WITH A CHEMICAL AGENT. IN 
CIRCA 1987  '     OFFERED TO FILL THESE WARHEADS WITH 
BOMBLETS, HOWEVER, THE IRAQIS TURNED DOWN              
OFFER. 
 
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