Ash Shaykili Nuclear Facility
Ash Shaykili Warehouse complex
The Ash Shaykili compound is located approximately 14 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, about 2.5 kilomters from the Tuwaith Nuclear Research Center, and served as a storage area for nuclear related components and equipment from the nearby Tuwaithi Nuclear Research center. The 60-acre facility consists of about 30 warehouse storage buildings. Ash Shaykili was the legally designated repository of nuclear-related equipment used at Tuwaitha.
It has been widely reported that as US Forces pressed toward Baghdad, Ash Shaykili was looted by scavagers, who stripped the facility bare.
The facility also was the site of explosions on April 27, 2003, when gunfire caused munitions and missiles that had been cached there by the Iraqi military prior to the war. U.S. CENTCOM issued a statement blaming the explosions on an assailant or assailants who "fired an unknown incendiary device into the cache, causing it to catch fire and explode." The U.S. Army's 11th Engineering Brigade found 80 missiles at Ash Shaykili including, Al Samoud II, and Russian-made FROG-7s.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|