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970409_cia_94781_94781_01.txt
SUBJECT: SUBJ: INTERNAL MEMORANDUM REQUESTING INFORMATION TO SUPPORT 
STUDY OF POTENTIAL EXPOSURE ISSUES, 13 SEPTEMBER 1995
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.
13 SEP 95
MEMORANDUM FOR:
FROM:
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO SUPPORT DESERT
STORM "FALLOUT STUDY"
MY STUDY INTO THE POTENTIAL FALLOUT FROM DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED IRAQI CHEMICAL MUNITIONS IS FOCUSING ON THE TALL
AL LAHM STORAGE DEPOT (304700N0462615E), WHICH IS THE ONLY
SITE IN SOUTHERN IRAQ AT WHICH UNSCOM FOUND CHEMICAL
WEAPONS. UNFORTUNATELY, AS YOU ARE WELL AWARE, SIGNIFICANT
GAPS EXIST IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHEN THESE WEAPONS
ARRIVED AND WHEN THEY COULD HAVE BEEN DAMAGED. BECAUSE THIS
FACILITY WAS NOT IDENTIFIED AS A CW STORAGE FACILITY UNTIL
LATE 1991, LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE BACKGROUND OF THIS
FACILITY AND WHAT TRANSPIRED THERE DURING OPERATION DESERT
STORM.
I HAVE IDENTIFIED SOME KEY QUESTIONS (PRESENTED BELOW) THAT
I BELIEVE DOD IS BEST ABLE TO ADDRESS. I REQUEST THAT YOU
IDENTIFY AN APPROPRIATE POINT-OF-CONTACT AT DOD AND FORWARD
THESE QUESTIONS TO THAT PERSON:
DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM, WERE COALITION AIR ATTACKS
CONDUCTED AGAINST THE TALL AL LAHM STORAGE DEPOT? IF SO,
WHAT ORDNANCE WAS DROPPED ON WHICH DAYS? WHAT DAMAGE
RESULTED FROM THESE ATTACKS?
DURING THE GROUND PHASE OF DESERT STORM, DID COALITION
GROUND FORCES FIRE ARTILLERY OR OTHER WEAPONS AT THE TALL
AL LAHM DEPOT? IF SO, WHAT ORDNANCE WAS USED? WHEN DID
THIS OCCUR, AND HOW CLOSE WERE COALITION UNITS AT THE
TIME(S) OF ATTACK? WHAT WAS THE RESULTING DAMAGE?
DID COALITION FORCES OCCUPY THE TALL AL LAHM DEPOT AT THE
CONCLUSION OF DESERT STORM? IF SO, WHEN DID TROOPS FIRST
OCCUPY THE DEPOT, AND WHEN DID THEY WITHDRAW? WHICH UNITS
OCCUPIED OR WERE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THIS DEPOT? WAS
ANY DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS, MUNITIONS, OR OTHER MATERIEL
CONDUCTED BY COALITION TROOPS WHILE THE FACILITY WAS UNDER
THEIR CONTROL? IF SO, WHAT WAS THE EXTENT OF THIS
ACTIVITY? IN WHAT CONDITION WAS THE DEPOT (SPECIFICALLY
ANY BUILDINGS, BUNKERS, AND REVETMENTS THERE) WHEN FIRST
OCCUPIED BY THE COALITION? WERE THERE ANY CREDIBLE
DETECTIONS OF CW AGENTS AT THIS FACILITY AT THE TIME IT
WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF COALITION FORCES?
1.5(C)
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