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(b.2.)



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SUBJECT:   MILITARY SITUATION SUMMARY AS OF 081900Z MAR 91 (U)

1.(b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)





 I CORPS ELEMENTS CONTINUE TO PERFORM ANTI-DISSIDENT OPERATIONS IN
EASTERN AND CENTRAL IRAQ. (b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)
 THERE HAS BEEN RENEWED FIGHTING AT AL
HILLAH, DESPITE PREVIOUS IRAQI CLAIMS THAT THE CITY WAS SECURE 
(b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)
 THIS MAY POSSIBLY ENTAIL THE USE OF
CHEMICAL WEAPONS.(b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)

 FIVE PLUMES OF WHITE SMOKE WERE REPORTED IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF
AL HILLAH, IRAQ ON 8 MARCH 1991. THE PLUMES MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED
BY MUNITIONS DELIVERED BY ONE OF THE TWO ARTILLERY BATTALIONS
LOCATED NORTH OF THE TOWN. THE PLUMES WERE REPORTEDLY CONSISTENT
WITH THE USE OF SMOKE ROUNDS. NO CROWDS WERE NOTED IN THE TARGET
AREA AND NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OR CRATERING WAS REPORTED IN THE
IMPACT AREA. COMMENT: [   (b)(2)   ] THE USE OF LETHAL CHEMICAL
AGENTS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED. WHILE CHEMICAL WEAPONS COULD HAVE BEEN
DELIVERED BY EITHER ARTILLERY OR HELICOPTERS, INFORMATION
INDICATING SUCH USE IS TENUOUS. BY 1200Z, IRAQI FORCES HAD GAINED
THE UPPER HAND OVER THE INSURGENTS IN AL HILLAH.

(b.1. sec. 1.5.c.)

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