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cia_65358_65358_01.txt
Subject: IRAQI NUCLEAR FACILITIES
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.
MAY 91
 4. PRIOR TO THE WAR, IRAQ USED FACILITIES AT AL-SAFAA AND
AS-ASEEL TO ENRICH URANIUM. THERE WERE AND STILL ARE 20
ENRICHMENT "CELLS" LOCATED AT AL-SAFAA. A MIXTURE OF U238 AND
235 WAS PRODUCED AT AL-SAFAA AND SENT TO AL-ASEEL, WHICH
PRODUCED ONLY U235 WITH THE FIVE "CELLS" LOCATED THERE. THE
PLANT IN AL-SAFAA STOPPED PRODUCTION PRIOR TO THE WAR, BUT
AL-ASEEL CONTINUED PRODUCTION. EVEN PRIOR TO THE WAR AND
SUBSEQUENT DAMAGE TO THE FACILITIES AT AL-ASEEL, IRAQ PLANNED
TO MOVE THIS PRODUCTION TO A NEW PLANT. IRAQ ALSO PLANNED TO
BRING A TOTAL OF 100 ENRICHMENT "CELLS" ON LINE AT THE AL-SAFAA
PLANT AND HAD BEGUN PRODUCTION OF NECESSARY POWER SUPPLY
SYSTEMS TO OPERATE THE NEW "CELLS". WHEREAS IN THE PAST, THE
INP HAD EXPERIENCED FREQUENT PROBLEMS WITH THE POWER SUPPLY
SYSTEMS IN BOTH AL-SAFAA AND AL-ASEEL, APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS
PRIOR TO THE START OF COALITION BOMBING ALL PS UNITS WERE
WORKING WITHOUT PROBLEMS.
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