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061896_cia_64147_64147_01.txt
Subject: IRAQI CW
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
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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.
DEC 90
COUNTRY: IRAQ
SUBJ:             POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLANTS AT
HABBANIYA, ISKANDARIYA, AND HUSAYBA, IRAQ
TEXT: 1. IN THE SUMMER OF 1989 A POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPONS
PRODUCTION PLANT WAS IN OPERATION NEAR HABBANIYA, IRAQ.
WESTERN CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PROVIDED WATER PIPING AND CHEMICAL
SERVICES FOR THE PLANT. THE HABBAN]YA FACILITY IS LOCATED
APPROXIMATELY 15 KILOMETERS EAST OF HABBANIYA CITY, AND SOME 30
KILOMETERS SOUTH OF IRAQI HIGHWAY NUMBER "l 0" ALONG A DESERT
TRACK.
) THE 
SITE IS LOCATED EAST OF THE HABBANIYA TOURIST VILLAGE, AND IS
NOT VISIBLE FROM ANY SURROUNDING DEVELOPMENTS. THE SITE IS
SURROUNDED BY TWO PERIMETER WALLS. THE OUTHER WALL IS
EXTREMELY HIGH WITH WATCHTOWERS BUILT INTO IT.
CHEMICAL TRUCKS WHICH
MAKE DELIVERIES TO THE PLANT BEAR NO MARKINGS, AND THE EXACT
TYPE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS PRODUCTION IS NOT KNOWN.
6. IN FEBRUARY 1986 A CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLANT WAS IN
OPERATION AT AL-HUSAYBA, IRAQ, NEAR THE SYRIAN-IRAQI BORDER.
THE PLANT IS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING CHEMICAL SUPPLIES BY TRAIN,
AND WAS THE SITE OF A TRAIN WRECK IN LATE 1985 WHICH SPILLED
CHEMICALS INTO THE AIR NEAR AL-HUSAYBA. IRAQI WORKERS AT THE
SITE SAID THAT THE CHEMICAL TRAIN CAUSED AN UNUSUAL EXPLOSION
WHICH PRODUCED VERY BRIGHT LIGHT, AND WHICH CAUSED THE DEATH OF
CIVILIANS IN AL-HUSAYBA. FOLLOWING THE TRAIN ACCIDENT, THE
IRAQI GOVERNMENT IMPRISONED EIGHT TRAIN WORKERS AND ACCUSED
THEM OF SABOTAGE.
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