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DIM 203-90 November 1990 Defense Intelliegence Memorandum SUBJECT: The Iraqi Fuel-Air Expolsives (FAE) Threat Key Judgments Iraq has a significant FAE capability from both air and dropped bombs and multiple rocket launchers (MRL's), resulting from technology transfer and direct involvement by western firms. These weapons are designed for wide range area coverage. [b.1.sec.1.5(c)] FAE effects may be misreported as resulting from a chemical attack. If the fuel does not ignite, the toxic fuel could cause respiratory difficulties and skin blistering similar to those caused by choking and blister agents. Injuries and deaths caused by FAE detonations outside the fireball may be confused with those caused by the nerve agents because of the virtual absence of visible physical damage.
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