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Subject: IRAQI  NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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.







DIRECTOR 723277







A.          INFORMATION ON

BAGHDAD'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.

INFORMATION FOCUSES ON IRAQ'S PRODUCTION OF HIGHLY ENRICHED

URANIUM FOR WEAPONS AND ON LOCATIONS OF ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR

WEAPONS FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT.







IN ADDITION TO

ATTEMPTING TO BUILD HIGH-SPEED  CENTRIFUGES TO ENRICH

URANIUM, IRAQ ALSO HAD DEVELOPED ELECTROMAGNETIC ISOTOPE

SEPARATION (EMIS), ALSO KNOWN AS THE CALUTRON METHOD







IRAQ

HAD REPORTEDLY PRODUCED ENOUGH MATERIAL VIA EMIS FOR A

NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVE TEST--ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 25 TO 30

KILOGRAMS. BAGHDAD WAS OPERATING APPROXIMATELY 25 CALUTRON

UNITS; 20 AT TARMIYA WHERE URANIUM WAS ENRICHED TO 35%, AND

5 AT TUWAITHA WHERE ENRICHMENT LEVELS OF APPROXIMATELY 95%

WERE ACHIEVED.







CALUTRONS WERE IN USE AT TUWAITHA.







INFORMATION ON

FACILITIES INVOLVED WITH THE  NUCLEAR  WEAPONS  PROGRAM:

1. A FACILITY IN BAGHDAD ACROSS FROM  THE  SHERATON

AND MERIDIAN HOTELS. THIS IS THE TEMPORARY

HEADQUARTERS OF THE WEAPONS PROGRAM. REPORTEDLY,

SOME MATERIALS WERE MOVED HERE AFTER THE PASSAGE OF

UNSCR 687.







2. A SITE IN MUSAYYIB (JUST SOUTH OF BAGHDAD)

KNOWN AS THE AL ATHEER PLANT,

WAS TO CONSTRUCT ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS  SITE  AS

NOT BOMBED AND WAS REPORTEDLY RECENTLY COMPLETED.

HOWEVER, THE IRAQIS EXPECTED THE SITE TO  BE  BOMBED

AND MOVED MATERIALS FROM THE FACILITY.

3. PC-3 FACILITIES AT TUWAITHA WERE KNOWN AS AL

ASEEL, AND COMPRISED THE HEADQUARTERS OF IRAQ'S

NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. ONE FACILITY  IN  AL  ASEEL

CONTAINED THE 5 CALUTRONS THAT WERE USED TO ENRICH

URANIUM FROM 35% TO 95%.

4. LOCATIONS KNOWN AS AL RABEE-AH AND AL DIJJLA.

BOTH ARE LOCATED IN OR NEAR ZAFARANIYAH, A SUBUR  OF

BAGHDAD. AL RABEE-AH WAS A MECHANICAL WORKSHOP FOR

PRODUCTION OF CALUTRONS.







 AL

 DIJJLA IS WHERE POWER SUPPLIES WERE PRODUCED FOR

CALUTRONS.

NEITHER SITE WAS

DAMAGED BY BOMBING.

5. TARMIYA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AL SAFAA PLANT, WAS

THE SITE OF THE 20 CALUTRONS USED TO ENRICH  URANIUM

TO 35%. THESE WERE LOCATED IN 2 BUILDINGS AT THE

 SITE. IRAQ ALSO CONDUCTED PHYSICS RESEARCH AT

TARMIYA.

6. A LOCATION IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE TUWAITHA HERE

PARTS FOR THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM WERE REPORTEDLY

STORED. ALSO OUTSIDE TUWAITHA IS A FACILITY WHEE

MAGNETIC COILS  AND  INSULATORS  WERE  MANUFACTURED.

NEITHER OF THESE FACILITIES WERE BOMBED.

7. THE AL JAZIRAH PLANT, LOCATED NEAR MOSUL IN

NORTHERN IRAQ. THIS  PLANT  CONVERTED  URANIUM  FEED

MATERIAL INTO URANIUM TETRACHLORIDE WHICH THEN

SERVED AS FEED MATERIAL FOR THE CALUTRONS AT

TARMIYA.

8. ANOTHER FACILITY IN NORTHERN IRAQ KNOWN  AS  THE

AL FAJAR FACTORY NEAR ASH SHARQAT.







AL FAJAR WAS TO BE A CALUTRON

FACILITY FOR ENRICHING URANIUM TO WEAPONS GRADE.







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