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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


During the Gulf War, it was reported to US intelligence that a large underground military depot was located in the hills about 16 kilometers east of Ramadi, near Habbanya, on the south side of Highway 10. The report claimed that an old british airfield is located on the north side of Highway 10 across from the large underground depot. The entrances to the depot are difficult to see from the air since the concrete structures of the entrances only extend a few feet from the hills, and the access roads have never been paved.

In late 1987 or early 1988, according to limited reporting, Iraq conducted several tests of a primitive radioactive dispersal weapon at test sites near Ramadi in central Iraq. The program was abandoned soon afterward. The design incorporated very low levels of radioactive zirconium and possibly radioactive hafnium, weak radiation emitters that would have caused a minimal amount of local contamination, completely decaying away by early 1990. The Ramadi Radiological Weapons Test Site had released radiological material in the late 1980s, but the half-life of the material was short enough that its radioactivity had decayed away before the Gulf war.

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