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cia_63808_63808_01.txt
Subject: IRAQ BACKUP BW PRODUCTION PLANT
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
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JAN 91
SUBJECT: SPOT COMMENTARY: IRAQ-KUWAIT: SITUATION REPORT (JANUARY
1991
IRAQ-KUWAIT:  SITUATION REPORT (JANUARY 1991
SPECIOUS IRAQI CLAIM OF INFANT FORMULA PLANT BOMBING
THE ABU GHURAYB PLANT, WHICH IRAQ CLAIMS IS AN INFANT FORMULA
PLANT,
WE BELIEVE IT IS A BACKUP BW PRODUCTION
FACILITY. THE PRODUCTION OF BW AGENTS REQUIRES THE SAME EQUIPMENT
(COOLING, DRYING AND PROCESSING TANKS) AND MATERIAL (MEDIA) USED IN
PHARMACEUTICAL AND NUTRITIONAL FACILITIES. ABU GHURAYB, HOWEVER, HAS
CHARACTERISTICS THAT PROBABLY SUPPORT A BW OPERATION:
--THE FACILITY HAS A LEVEL OF SECURITY
--MORE IN LINE WITH A MILATARY FACILITY THAN AN
 INFANT FORMULA PRODUCTION FACILITY.
--THE EQUIPMENT PRESENT IN THE PLANT IS COMMONLY USED FOR GROWING
MICROORGANISMS, NOT PRODUCING INFANT FORMULA.
--OTHER EQUIPMENT IN THE FACILITY WOULD ALLOW REACTOR CONTROLS TO
WITHIN A HALF DEGREE FAHRENHEIT--CRUCIAL FOR BACTERIAL GROWTH, NOT
NECESSARY FOR MIXING INFANT FORMULA.
--THE FACILITY,
REPORTEDLY HAS NEVER PRODUCED INFANT FORMULA.
--CONTRARY TO SOME PRESS REPORTS, THIS FACILITY DOES NOT HAVE
EQUIPMENT THAT IS SUITABLE FOR CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENT PRODUCTION.
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