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SUBJECT: MUSTARD GAS

NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE







TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN

REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN

TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF

THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON

REQUEST.







COUNTRY: IRAQ/IRAN

SUBJ: 1. PROPERTIES OF MUSTARD GAS USED BY IRAQ IN WAR WITH

IRAN

2.          ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTIVENESS OF IRAQI MUSTARD GAS





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THE IRAQI ARMY USED AN UNIDENTIFIED

SILICON COMPOUND IMPREGNATED WITH MUSTARD GAS ON IRANIAN

TROOPS. THE IRAQI ARMY DELIVERED THE MUSTARD GAS IN

WHITE PHOSPHOROUS SHELLS.

WHILE THE USE OF SILICON IN THE SHELLS REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF

MUSTARD GAS WHICH COULD BE LOADED INTO THE WARHEAD, IT ACTUALLY

DECREASED THE EFFECTIVE DOSE RATE THEREBY INCREASING BY FIVE

TIMES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MUSTARD GAS DELIVERED.

IT WAS ALSO

NOTICED THAT IRANIAN SOLIDERS EXPOSED TO MUSTARD GAS SUFFERED

UNUSUALLY HIGH AMOUNTS AND NUMBERS OF RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

FOLLOWING EXPOSURE WHILE DISPLAYING LESS THAN EXPECTED AMOUNTS

OF BLISTERED SKIN DAMAGE.



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