Kuwaiti Girls School
|Case Narratives are
reports of what we know today about specific events that
took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This
particular case narrative focuses on events at the
Kuwaiti Girls School. Both UK and US military
elements received positive alarms for chemical warfare
agent in a storage tank located outside the school wall.
This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope
that you will read this and contact us with any
information that would help us better understand the
events reported here. With your help, we will be able to
report more accurately on the events surrounding events
at the Kuwaiti Girls School. Please contact the
appropriate office to report any new information by
Last Update: March 19, 1998
Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense (DOD) established a task force in June 1995, to investigate all possible causes. The Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD) of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and has continued to investigate the events that occurred at the Kuwaiti Girls School in the Al Ahmadi district of Kuwait. In addition, the Persian Gulf War Illnesses Task Force (PGWITF), consisting of members of the various US intelligence services, provided information and expert analysis to the IAD on a multitude of issues arising from the IADs investigation into events at the Kuwaiti Girls School.
Early in 1997, the British Government established a Gulf Veterans Illnesses Unit (GVIU) within the Ministry of Defence (MOD), to coordinate the UKs response to all of the issues raised by Gulf veterans illnesses. In July 1997, the British Government published a policy statement detailing its strategy for addressing veterans concerns. The Government pledged to investigate incidents where chemical or biological warfare agents were alleged to have been present or detected. The incident at the Kuwaiti Girls School was the first such case to be reviewed.
As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of its efforts, DOD and MOD are publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts relating to particular incidents which Gulf War veterans have reported and which could have a bearing on the illnesses now being suffered by Gulf war veterans, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the accounts. The narrative that follows is such an account. Its production has been coordinated with several key individuals involved in events at the Kuwaiti Girls School. US personnel directly coordinating with investigators on this narratives production are Major Michael Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel Donnie Killgore, and Colonel (Ret.) John Macel. UK coordination has been with the Sampling Team Leader, Major John Watkinson, and the British soldier injured during testing. While these six individuals directly reviewed and commented on draft versions of this document, numerous others provided key information which helped investigators to provide a more comprehensive view of events surrounding the Kuwaiti Girls School. We appreciate their assistance and encourage others with additional information to contact us.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TAB A - LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
TAB B - BIBLIOGRAPHY
TAB C - METHODOLOGY FOR CHEMICAL INCIDENT INVESTIGATION
TAB D - OVERVIEW OF INHIBITED RED FUMING NITRIC ACID AND RELATED HEALTH HAZARDS
TAB E - INDIVIDUALS/ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ROLES
TAB F - MATRIX DEMONSTRATING WHAT EACH PARTICIPANT KNEW ABOUT EVENTS
TAB G - TIMELINE RELATING EVENTS AND WHO WAS INVOLVED
TAB H - FOX MASS SPECTROMETER PRINTOUTS FROM TESTING
TAB I - EXPLANATION OF SIBCA KIT
TAB J - ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES TAKEN DURING THE THIRD OPERATION AT THE TANK
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