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IIR 2 340 2886 91/48 ID ARTY HAS CHEMICAL CAPABILITY BUT
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CITE: (U) 0314-91.
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SERIAL: (U) IIR 2 340 2886 91.
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PASS: (U)
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COUNTRY: (U) IRAQ (IZ).
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SUBJ: IIR 2 340 2886 91/48 ID ARTY HAS CHEMICAL CAPABILITY BUT
LACKS CHEMICAL ROUNDS (U).
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WARNING: (U) THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED
INTELLIGENCE. REPORT CLASSIFIED 
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DOI: (U) 910227.
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REQS: (U) T-8C2-2650-01-90; S-M5X-00036.
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SOURCE: [   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ][   (b)(7)(D)   ]
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SUMMARY:          THE 48TH INFANTRY DIVISION HAD M-46 AND
ITALIAN-MADE 105MM HOWITZERS. ALL ARTILLERY PIECES WERE DESTROYED 
BY COALITION AIR POWER. THE DIVISION HAD NO CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN 
THEIR AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY AND HAD NOT TRAINED TO USE CHEMICAL 
MUNITIONS.
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TEXT: (U) 1.          (FIELD COMMENT - THE FOLLOWING IS IN 
RESPONSE
TO SDRS ORIGINATED BY S-M5X-00036/JIC910304-03/OICC101-91.) PRIOR 
TO THE START OF THE AIR WAR ON 17 JANUARY 1991, THE 48 INFANTRY 
DIVISION (ID) HAD FIFTEEN M-46 ARTILLERY PIECES AND EIGHTEEN 
ITALIAN-MADE 105MM ARTILLERY PIECES. ALL OF THIS ARTILLERY WAS 
DESTROYED BY COALITION AIR STRIKES PRIOR TO THE UNIT BEING 
SURROUNDED AND SURRENDERING. THE DIVISION NEVER HAD CHEMICAL 
ROUNDS NOR WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OF THE UNIT GETTING THEM. 
CHEMICAL ROUNDS WERE NOT STORED AT THE DIVISION AND, IF THEY 
EXISTED, WOULD HAVE BEEN KEPT AT CORPS LEVEL OR ABOVE (FIELD 
COMMENT - SOURCE STATED [   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ][   (b)(7)(D) 
  ]  WOULD HAVE BEEN INFORMED IF THESE ROUNDS WERE STORED WITHIN 
THE DIVISION. [   (b)(7)(D)   ] ABSOLUTELY DENIED EVER SEEING A 
CHEMICAL ROUND  [   (b)(7)(D)   ].
2.          THE M-46 WAS CAPABLE OF FIRING CHEMICAL MUNITIONS
ACCORDING TO TEXTBOOKS AT THE SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY, MILITARY 
COLLEGE
LOCATED IN BAGHDAD. THE D-30 ARTILLERY PIECE WAS ALSO TAUGHT AT 
THIS SCHOOL AND ONE WAS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING IN THE SCHOOL'S 
MUSEUM 
(SOURCE COMMENT - I DO NOT KNOW IF IT COULD FIRE CHEMICAL ROUNDS,
IRAQ HAD NO ARTILLERY-DELIVERABLE CHEMICAL ROUNDS WHEN I ATTENDED
THIS SCHOOL IN [   (b)(7)(D)   ]AND I HAVE NOT SEEN A D-30 SINCE 
THAT TIME. I ALSO DO NOT KNOW IF THE DIVISION'S 105MM HOWITZERS 
COULD FIRE CHEMICAL ROUNDS BECAUSE THIS SUBJECT WAS NOT DISCUSSED 
AT MY LEVEL).
3.          NO CHEMICAL ARTILLERY ROUNDS WERE USED AGAINST THE
COALITION FORCES BECAUSE THEY DID NOT EXIST AT DIVISION LEVEL AND 
THE DIVISION WAS QUICKLY SURROUNDED AND CUTOFF FROM OUTSIDE 
SUPPLY. NO ORDER CONCERNING CHEMICAL ROUNDS WAS EVER PASSED (FIELD 
COMMENT -
SOURCE KNEW EVEN LESS ABOUT BIOLOGICAL ARTILLERY ROUNDS TO THE 
POINT [   (b)(7)(D)   ]DOUBTED THEY EVEN EXIST. AS AN EXPERIENCED 
[   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ]OFFICER [   (b)(7)(D)   ]QUESTIONED 
WHETHER THE PROBLEMS OF BLAST, PRESSURE, AND UNCERTAINTIES OF WIND 
WOULD ALLOW SUCH ROUNDS TO BE EMPLOYED WITH ANY DEGREE OF 
EFFECTIVENESS).
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COMMENTS:          SOURCE WAS VERY COOPERATIVE. ALTHOUGH [   
(b)(7)(D)   ]RECALLED ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION ON THE OPERATION AND 
EMPLOYMENT OF D-30 ARTILLERY PIECES, [   (b)(7)(D)   ] WAS NOT 
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THEM. [   (b)(7)(D)   ]REPEATEDLY DENIED 
KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHEMICAL ROUNDS EXCEPT 
FOR INFORMATION HEARD FROM OTHER [   (b)(7)(D)   ] OFFICERS DURING 
THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR.
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//IPSP: (U) PGW2650; PG 1130//.
//COMSOBJ: (U) 111//.
ADMIN PROJ: (U)
INSTR: (U) US NO.
PREP: (U) [   (b)(6)   ].
ACQ: (U) SAUDI ARABIA (910306).
DISSEM: (U) FIELD: NONE.
WARNING: (U) REPORT CLASSIFIED
 



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