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IIR 6 898 0092 92 / CHEMICAL MUNITION CAUSES

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SERIAL: (U) IIR 6 898 0092 92.


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BODY COUNTRY: (U) TURKEY (TU); IRAQ (IZ).

SUBJ: IIR 6 898 0092 92 / CHEMICAL MUNITION CAUSES
ILLNESS WHEN OPENED (U)




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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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DOI: (U) 911114

REQS:  [  (b)(2)  ]

SOURCE: A. (U) HURRIYET NEWSPAPER, 911114 (U), MASS
APPEAL/INDEPENDENT. CIRCULATION APPROXIMATELY
517,928. IN TURKISH.
B.   [   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ]

SUMMARY: (U) PRESS REPORTS OF AN UNSPECIFIED TYPE OF
CHEMICAL MUNITION WHICH WAS TRANSPORTED TO TURKEY FROM
IRAQ WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING ILLNESS TO 25 PEOPLE
WHEN IT WAS CUT OPEN IN A SCRAP DEALERS SHOP IS
CONFIRMED.

TEXT: 1. (U) ON 911114, SOURCE A REPORTED AN
INCIDENT WHERE 35 PEOPLE IN GAZIANTEP //GEOCOORD:
3705N/03721E// WERE REPORTEDLY POISONED WHEN AN
APPARENT CHEMICAL MUNITION BROUGHT FROM IRAQ WAS CUT
OPEN IN A SCRAP DEALERS SHOP. ACCORDING TO THE
[   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ]THE CHEMICAL MUNITION
WAS BROUGHT INTO TURKEY BY TRUCK FROM IRAQ. THE [  (b)(1) sec 
1.3(a)(4)  ] SOURCE STATED THE MUNITION (NFI) ARRIVED IN TURKEY IN 
A LOAD OF SCRAP METAL BOUGHT AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN
IRAQ. THE GAZIANTEP SCRAP DEALER SAID THAT HE BOUGHT
THIS PARTICULAR ITEM OUT OF CURIOSITY.

2.      [  (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)  ] REPLIED THAT THE SUBSTANCE OF 
THE ARTICLE WAS TRUE. ACCORDING TO (    (b)(1) sec 1.3 (a)(3)    ) 
CONCERNING THE INCIDENT, 25 PEOPLE WERE TREATED AT A LOCAL 
HOSPITAL FROM WHAT WAS APPARENTLY A CHEMICAL AGENT, WHICH WAS 
RELEASED WHEN AN APPARENT IRAQI PRODUCED CHEMICAL ARTILLERY ROUND 
WAS CUT OPEN. (    (b)(1) sec 1.3 (a)(3)    ) SAID THAT THE ITEM 
APPEARED TO BE VERY OLD, HAD NO NUMBERS OR OTHER MARKINGS AND WAS 
IN A HIGHLY DETERIORATED CONDITION. ACCORDING TO (    (b)(1) sec 
1.3 (a) (3)    ) A SCRAP DEALER EITHER PICKED UP OR PURCHASED THE 
ITEM FROM AN IRAQI SCRAP DEALER NEAR OR IN THE MOSUL AREA.
THE TURKISH PURCHASER COULD NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE
HE ACQUIRED THE ITEM. AT THIS POINT (    (b)(1) sec 1.3 (a)(3)    
) SAID THAT THE TURKISH PURCHASER WAS APPARENTLY EVASIVE AS TO
WHERE AND HOW HE ACQUIRED A CHEMICAL MUNITION.
[  (b)(1)  sec  1.3(a)(3)  ] SAID THAT ALL 25 PEOPLE EFFECTED BY 
THE AGENT WERE TREATED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND RELEASED AFTER A
SHORT PERIOD OF OBSERVATION AND SUFFERED NO LONG TERM
ILL EFFECTS.  ASKED IF  [  (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)  ]  HAD MADE ANY
DETERMINATION OF THE TYPE OF AGENT OR HAD ANY INFORMATION WHICH 
WOULD FURTHER IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF MUNITION.   [  (b)(7)(D)  ] 
STATED THAT DUE TO THE SHORT TERM EFFECT OF THE AGENT, [      
(b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] THEN STATED THAT DUE TO THE AGE AND 
HIGHLY DETERIORATED STATE OF THE OBJECT, WHATEVER AGENT WAS 
PRESENT WAS PROBABLY APPROACHING AN INERT STATE. [      (b)(1) sec 
1.3(a)(4)    ].

COMMENTS:     [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]

//IPSP: (U) PG 1600//.

//COMSOBJ: (U) 143//.
ADMIN PROJ: (U).
COLL: [    (b)(2)    ]
INST: (U) US/NO
PREP: [    (b)(6)    ]
ACQ:  [    (b)(1) sec 1.3. (a)(4)    ]
DISSEM: [    (b)(1) sec 1.3. (a)(4)    ]
[     (b)(2)      ]



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