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Subject: IRAQI BW/CW

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.



JAN 91

JAN 91

SUBJ: CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE







DOI: 1973 TO EARLY JANUARY 1991







THE SUBSTANCE WAS DEVELOPED BY MAKING SNAILS INGEST 

MUSHROOMS THAT ARE HIGHLY TOXIC TO HUMANS.

SNAILS WERE CHOSEN BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH RESISTANCE TO THE

POISONOUS MUSHROOMS AND A VARIETY OF OTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCES.)

THE SNAILS WERE LATER KILLED, DRIED, AND MADE INTO A POWDER-FORM

FOR POSSIBLE CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL WARFARE APPLICATION. THE END

USER OF THIS MATERIAL IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.

A BOMB CONTAINING THIS TYPE OF

SUBSTANCE WOULD CAUSE NUMEROUS DEATHS AND GRAVE INJURIES, MOST

OF WHICH PROBABLY WOULD PROVE FATAL. IN COMPARISON WITH MUSTARD

GAS, THE SNAIL SUBSTANCE IS LONGER-ACTING, USUALLY NOT PROVING

FATAL IMMEDIATELY. OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW DAYS TO A WEEK,

HOWEVER, IN MOST CASES, THE INJURED WOULD DIE.)







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