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SERIAL:  (U)  IIR 6 021 0099 92.

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COUNTRY:  (U)  IRAQ (IZ).
SUBJECT:  IIR 6 021 0099 92/CHEMICAL ROCKET DESTRUCTION
IN KHAMISIYAH 

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DOI:  (U)  920324.
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SUMMARY:                                A UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL
COMMISSION CHEMICAL DESTRUCTION TEAM, UNSCOM 29 (CD 1),
DESTROYED A TOTAL OF 463 BINARY CHEMICAL (GB, GF) 122-MM
ROCKETS NEAR KHAMISIYAH CW STORAGE SITE, IRAQ.


TEXT:  1.                                                   THIS IIR IS
BEING RETRANSMITTED AT WASHINGTON CUSTOMER REQUEST TO BE
INSERTED INTO THE DIA DATA BASE.  THE ORIGINAL
TRANSMISSION OF THIS IIR WAS DTG 11    APR 92.///
DURING THE PERIOD 23 FEB - 22 MAR 92, A UNITED NATIONS
SPECIAL COMMISSION CHEMICAL DESTRUCTION TEAM, UNSCOM 29
(CD 1), DESTROYED A TOTAL OF 463 BINARY CHEMICAL (GB, GF)
122-MM ROCKETS FROM KHAMISIYAH CW STORAGE SITE
//GEOCOORD:304420N0462640E// NEAR AN-NASIRIYAH, IRAQ.
NINETY PERCENT OF THE ROCKETS ACTUALLY CONTAINED AGENT,
WITH AN ESTIMATED TOTAL AGENT WEIGHT OF 3 TONS.
2.                                             LOCATION.  DESTRUCTION TOOK
PLACE IN THE VICINITY OF //GEOCOORD:304325N0464045E//.
THE TEAM SELECTED THIS LOCATION AFTER CAREFUL
CONSIDERATION OF SUCH FACTORS AS TOPOGRAPHY, WEATHER, AND
POPULATION CENTERS.  SAFETY WAS THE PRIMARY DETERMINANT,
GIVEN THE MAIN WIND DIRECTION.           UNDER THE
WIND CONDITIONS MOST PREVALENT IN THE AREA, THE SAFETY
ANGLE OF THIS LOCATION IN RELATION TO THE POPULATION
CENTERS NEARBY WAS 150 DEGREES.
3.                                  IN ADDITION TO THE ROCKETS
DESTROYED, THE TEAM DISCOVERED 74 ROCKETS, 8 WARHEADS,
AND 4 ROCKET MOTORS AT KHAMISIYAH CW STORAGE SITE.  THEY
WERE RECOVERED FROM THE SAND BANK BETWEEN THE CHEMICAL
WEAPONS STORAGE AREA AND THE CANAL TO THE SOUTH.
             THE TEAM LEADER INSTRUCTED THE IRAQIS TO
CONTINUE TO SEARCH IN THE SAND BANK FOR ANY MORE ROCKETS,
THEN TO MAKE AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE NUMBER OF
ROCKETS FOUND.
4.                                 THE TEAM STATED THAT OTHER AREAS
NEAR AN-NASIRIYAH WILL NEED TO BE INSPECTED IN DETAIL FOR
POSSIBLE STORED CW MUNITIONS.  (b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)
BELIEVED THAT ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND WORK IS REQUIRED TO
IDENTIFY THE ORIGINAL STORAGE LOCATION OF THE CHEMICAL
ROUNDS THAT THEY DESTROYED.  THE IRAQIS CLAIMED THAT ALL
DAMAGE IN THE AREA WAS CAUSED BY COALITION FORCES THAT
HAD OCCUPIED THE AREA.  THE TEAM THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS
SUFFICIENT UNCERTAINTY TO MERIT FURTHER EXAMINATION OF
THIS ISSUE.
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COMMENTS:  1.                                      IRAQ DECLARED
KHAMISIYAH AS A STORAGE SITE FOR CHEMICAL MUNITIONS, BUT
INITIALLY GAVE NO SPECIFIC LOCATION FOR THE FACILITY
OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS NEAR AN-NASIRIYAH.  THE U.S.
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INITIALLY BELIEVED THAT AN-
NASIRIYAH DEPOT SOUTHWEST //GEOCOORD:3057N04611E// WAS
THE MOST LIKELY STORAGE FACILITY FOR CW MUNITIONS IN THE
AREA.  THE UNSCOM TEAM TASKED TO VERIFY THE STORED
CHEMICAL MUNITIONS, UNSCOM 20, DID NOT VISIT THIS DEPOT,
HOWEVER, AS THE IRAQIS TOOK THEM TO KHAMISIYAH CW STORAGE
SITE.
2.       THIS IIR IS A RETRANSMISSION; ORIGINAL DTG OF
IIR IS 11      APR92.
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ADMIN
PROJ:  (U)  2908.

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