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Subject: IRAQI ENRICHED URANIUM    
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence    
TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN    
REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN    
TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF    
THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON    
REQUEST.
SEP 91   DIRECTOR 904998 
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COUNTRY: IRAQ 
SUBJ: IRAQI PRODUCTION OF ENRICHED URANIUM 
DOI:   FEBRUARY - EARLY SEPTEMBER 1991
TEXT: 1. BEFORE THE GULF WAR, THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT WAS 
SECRETLY PRODUCING 140-150 KILOGRAMS OF NON-ENRICHED URANIUM 
PER YEAR.  THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IMPORTED AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY 
OF RAW URANIUM FROM THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA.  A 
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RAW URANIUM WAS ALSO MINED IN THE AL-
KASHAT REGION OF IRAQ IN THE VICINITY OF AL-KAINI CITY NEAR 
THE SYRIAN BORDER.  THE RAW URANIUM FROM THESE SOURCES WAS 
TRANSPORTED BY TRAIN TO ONE OF THREE SECRET URANIUM 
ENRICHMENT FACILITIES LOCATED IN AL TARMIA (APPROXIMATELY 60 
KILOMETERS NORTH OF BAGHDAD), SINJAR (WEST OF MOSUL NEAR THE 
SYRIAN BORDER) AND A THIRD UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION. 
2. AT THE ONSET OF THE GULF WAR, THE IRAQIS PURPOSELY 
DAMAGED THE STRUCTURES OF THE ENRICHMENT FACILITY AT AL-
TARMIA IN ORDER TO CREATE THE APPEARANCE THAT U.S. FORCES 
HAD SUCCEEDED IN DESTROYING THE AL-TARMIA FACILITY.  AT THE 
SAME TIME, IRAQI OFFICIALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE AL-TARMIA 
FACILITY SECRETLY REMOVED UNKNOWN QUANTITIES OF SENSITIVE 
AND UNDAMAGED EQUIPMENT FROM THE AL-TARMIA FACILITY.  THIS 
EQUIPMENT WAS EITHER TRANSFERRED TO BAGHDAD UNIVERSITY OR 
WRAPPED IN WATERPROOF CONTAINERS AND HIDDEN IN THE NEARBY 
TIGRIS RIVER FOR FUTURE RETRIEVAL. 
 
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