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SERIAL: (U) IIR 1 517 0148 91.

BODY COUNTRY: (U) KUWAIT (KU).

SUBJECT: IIR 1 517 0148 91/REPORTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS MINING OF
KUWAIT CITY (U).

WARNING (U)  THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED
INTELLIGENCE.



DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


DOI: (U) 901209.

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SOURCE: [b. 1. sec 1.5.(c)]  A RECENTLY RELEASED HOSTAGE WHO
OBSERVED THE PROBABLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS MINING ACTIVITY DESCRIBED IN
PARA 1.  ANOTHER RECENTLY RELEASED HOSTAGE [b.1. sec. 1.5.(c)
PROVIDES COMPLIMENTARY INFORMATION HE HEARD WHILE HIDING IN KUWAIT
CITY (PARA 2).  FIRST REPORTING FROM BOTH -- RELIABILITY HAS NOT
BEEN ESTABLISHED BUT SOURCES ARE BELIEVED TO BE CREDIBLE.

SUMMARY:    THE IRAQI ARMY MAY HAVE EMPLACED CHEMICAL WEAPONS
MINES AT FIVE TO SIX LOCATIONS IN KUWAIT CITY. MINES ARE TO BE
DETONATED SHOULD IRAQ START LOSING THE CITY. DESCRIPTIONS AND
LOCATIONS OF TWO POSSIBLE SITES ARE PROVIDED.

1.     POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONI MINES. TWO POTENTIAL CHEMICAL
WEAPONS SITES WERE OBSERVED FROM THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN KUWAIT
CITY. POSSIBLE CHEMICAL AGENTS ARE STORED IN RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED
HORSESHOE-SHAPED STRUCTURES WHICH ARE APPROXIMATELY 4FT HIGH. ONE
OF THE STRUCTURES IS LOCATED ACROSS THE NORTHERN BORDERING STREET
(FROM THE EMBASSY) ON THE CORNER, FACING GULF STREET. THE OTHER IS
ATOP THE PUBLIC SHOWER FACILITY ON GULF STREET.
A.           DESCRIPITION OF STRUCTURE. SOURCE WAS ABLE TO
MONITOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS MINE. THE
STRUCTURE IS HORSESHOE-SHAPED AND CONSISTS OF DOUBLE 4FT HIGH BRICK
WALLS. THE SPACE BETWEEN THE WALLS (FIELD COMMENT-- FROM SOURCE'S
SKETCH, DISTANCE COULD BE FROM ONE TO THREE FEET) IS FILLED WITH
SAND, EXCEPT AT THE APEX AND AT EACH END WHERE THERE ARE OPEN AREAS
OR HOLLOWS.
B.        DESCRIPTION OF POSSIBLE CHEMICAL MUNITION. IRAQI
SOLDIERS WERE OBSERVED ATTEMPTING TO SURREPITIOUSLY PLACE ARTICLES
IN THE OPEN AREAS BETWEEN THE WALLS ON THE TWO OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE
HORSESHOE. AFTER LOOKING AROUND TO ENSURE NO ONE WAS WATCHING, AN
IRAQI SOLDIER WOULD DROP AN ITEM INTO THE HOLLOW. THEN QUICKLY
RETURN TO WHAT HE HAD BEEN DOING. THE FIRST ARTICLE PLACED INTO THE
HOLLOW WAS AN OLIVE GREEN CANNISTER APPROXIMATELY 3FT HIGH AND 8IN
IN DIAMETER. ON TOP OF THIS CANNISTER WAS PLACED ANOTHER CANISTER
OF AN APPROXIMATE FIVE GALLON CAPACITY' THEN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG
CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY FIVE GALLONS OF CLEAR LIQUID WAS PLACED
ATOP THE TWO CANNISTERS. FINALLY. A STEEL PLATE WAS PUT ON TOP OF
THE OTHER ITEMS PRIOR TO IT AND THE SAND FILLED AREAS OF THE
STRUCURE BEING MORTARED OVER. THE HOLLOW AT THE APEX WAS LEFT
EMPTY. SOON AFTER THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETED IRAQI SOLDIERS
WERE NOTED TO BE CARRYING PROTECTIVE CHEMICAL MASKS.
2.     CHEMICAL WEAPONS. SECOND SOURCE HEARD FROM FRIENDS THAT
THE IRAQIS HAD PLACED CHEMICAL BOMB CANISTERS IN 5 OR 6 LOCATIONS
THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THESE WEAPONS WERE TO BE DETONATED IF THE
IRAQI ARMY LOST CONTROL OF KUWAIT CITY. THIS SOURCE DID NOT
PERSONALLY SEE ANY CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT.

COMMENTS           -- INFORMATION FROM THESE TWO HOSTAGE
SOURCES
APPEARS TO BE RELATED AND HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FOR IMMEDIATE
DISSEMINATION DUE TO ITS TACTICAL IMPLICATIONS. AS INDICATED,
PORTIONS ARE CLASSIFIED CONFIDENTIAL TO ALLOW RELEASE TO ALLIES.
OTHER INTELLIGENCE GAINED FROM THESE SOURCES, INCLUDING ENCLOSURES
DEPICTING THE STRUCTURES AND THEIR LOCATIONS WILL FOLLOW.


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