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IIR 6 891 0078 94/SYRIAN MEDICAL EXPERIENCE IN 

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SERIAL:  (U)  IIR 6 891 0078 94. 
 
 
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COUNTRY:  (U)  SYRIA (SY). 
 
SUBJ:  IIR 6 891 0078 94/SYRIAN MEDICAL EXPERIENCE IN 
       THE GULF WAR (U) 
 
WARNING:  (U)  THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT 
FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE.  [    b.2.    ] 
 
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-                DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
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DOI:  (U)  931200. 
 
REQS:  (U)  [    b.2.    ] 
 
SOURCE:    [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] 
 
SUMMARY:    SYRIA DEPLOYED A FIELD HOSPITAL AND A 
SURGICAL UNIT TO SAUDI ARABIA DURING THE GULF WAR.  THE 
TYPES AND RATES OF ILLNESSES AND INJURIES WERE IN LINE 
WITH PEACETIME AND EXERCISE NORMS.  NO UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS 
HAVE SINCE BEEN REPORTED BY SYRIA'S GULF WAR VETERANS. 
 
TEXT:  1.    ACCORDING TO THE [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ], 
THE RATES AND TYPES OF INJURIES AND ILLNESSES SUFFERED BY SYRIAN 
FORCES DEPLOYED TO SAUDI ARABIA IN SUPPORT OF COALITION 
EFFORTS AGAINST IRAQ IN LATE 1990 AND EARLY 1991 WERE 
IN LINE WITH NUMBERS OBSERVED DURING PEACETIME AND 
EXERCISES.  NONE OF THE SYRIAN SOLDIERS THAT 
PARTICIPATED IN THE GULF WAR EXHIBITED UNUSUAL OR 
UNEXPLAINED SYMPTOMS DURING THE DEPLOYMENT OR FOLLOWING 
THEIR RETURN TO SYRIA. 
 
2.    AS PART OF ITS COMMITMENT TO THE COALITION 
EFFORT IN THE GULF, SYRIA DEPLOYED AN ARMORED DIVISION, 
WHICH INCLUDED A STATION (FIELD) HOSPITAL AND A 
SURGICAL UNIT.  DURING THE DEPLOYMENT, SYRIAN DOCTORS 
REPORTED THAT CASES OF URINARY PROBLEMS, ABDOMINAL 
PAIN, AND DIARRHEA WERE HIGH, AS THEY HAD ANTICIPATED 
WOULD BE THE CASE.  ACCORDING TO [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] 
ASSESSMENT OF AMERICAN STATISTICS PUBLISHED AFTER THE CONFLICT, 
THE RATE OF ILLNESS FOR URINARY PROBLEMS, ABDOMINAL 
PAIN, AND DIARRHEA GENERALLY PARALLELED THE RATES 
EXPERIENCED BY US FORCES. 
 
3.    APPROXIMATELY 10 PERCENT OF THE SYRIAN 
SOLDIERS DEPLOYED TO THE AREA EXHIBITED CHEST SYMPTOMS. 
MOST OF THESE PERSONNEL COMPLAINED OF BREATHLESSNESS 
DURING EXPOSURE TO THE OIL FIRES IN KUWAIT; THE EFFECTS 
WERE ALL SHORT TERM.  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] CLAIMED 
THAT OVER 40 PERCENT OF US FORCES EXHIBITED SOME TYPE OF CHEST 
SYMPTOMS.  HE BELIEVES THAT SYRIAN TROOPS' FAMILIARITY 
WITH THE DESERT ENVIRONMENT MAY HAVE BEEN THE REASON 
FOR THE DISPARITY BETWEEN SYRIAN AND AMERICAN SYMPTOM 
RATES. 
 
4.    ALL SYRIAN SOLDIERS WERE EXAMINED UPON THEIR 
RETURN TO SYRIA.  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] CLAIMED THAT 15 
PERCENT OF SYRIAN SOLDIERS WHO CLAIMED ILLNESS DURING THE CONFLICT 
WERE DIAGNOSED AS PSYCHOSOMATIC CASES.  ADDITIONALLY, 
NO UNUSUAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS WERE SUFFERED BY 
CHILDREN OF SYRIAN VETERANS OF THE GULF WAR BORN AFTER 
THEIR RETURN. 
 
5.    AT NO TIME DURING THE DEPLOYMENT DID SYRIAN 
DOCTORS OBSERVE ANY SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF 
CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS, SPECIFICALLY NERVE OR BLISTER 
AGENTS.  THE SYRIAN FORCES, INCLUDING THE MEDICAL 
UNITS, DEPLOYED TO THE GULF HAD BEEN TRAINED ON THE USE 
OF THE CHEMICAL WARFARE DEFENSE MASK, AND HAD 
EXPERIENCED NO PROBLEM WITH ITS USE.  A FEW PERSONNEL 
SUFFERED FROM HYPERVENTILATION WHILE USING THE MASK. 
[      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]


 
6.    ACCORDING TO [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ], DURING THE 
DEPLOYMENT, THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS OF SYRIAN FORCES 
USING ILLEGAL DRUGS.  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] CLAIMS THAT 
DRUG ADDICTION IS NONEXISTENT IN THE SYRIAN MILITARY. 
 
[      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]


 
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PROJ:  (U)  NONE. 
COLL:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]
INSTR:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]
PREP:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]
ACQ:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]
DISSEM:  (U)   [   (b)(2)   ]
WARNING:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]
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