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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

al-Yarmuk Establishment
Shajarah [al-Shagara]
1502'N 3028'E

The Iraqis are said to have constructed a separate facility in Sudan for the production and weaponization of large quantities of chemical agents. In the Spring of 1996, it is claimed that work already started on a production facility at the Yarmook site, south of Khartoum. The first phase of the complex was said to have been commissioned on August 15, 1996, and the entire complex was reported to be in operational status in the Fall of 1997. Formally known as The Yarmook Industrial Complex, the military-controlled strategic installations are said to cover an area of 10x20 kms south-west of the fuel depot in the in Shajarah [al-Shagara] area , beyond southern Khartoum in the Mayu area.

Despite this diversity of placenames, the actual location of this facility remains obscure, as these placenames do not correspond with entries in standard gazeteers, including the estimage NIMA GeoNet. There are reportedly over 300 small buildings and sheds in seven clusters in the compound. The complex is said to include a production line for chemical agents, as well as production facilities for military equipment and weapons connected with the use of chemical weapons (warheads, bombs, and cannisters, as well as protective gears, special modifications to combat vehicles carrying these weapons, etc.). The Yarmook production lines for chemical agents are said to be a derivative of comparable facilities built in Iraq. The key production facilities reportedly are comprised of German-made machines acquired by Iraqi intelligence and smuggled via Bulgaria. Additional equipment, mainly computers, were said to have been purchased by the Iraqis in France. In addition, the compound includes a special medical clinic, sport facilities, a mosque, a high security living site where Muslim foreign experts from Iraq, Iran, and Bulgaria live in two dormitories, guest houses for senior officials from Iraq and Iran (who are involved in these projects and who are said to make frequent visits to Sudan), as well as a small farm ensuring the supply of fresh milk, vegetables and dates (independent of the chronic shortages afflicting Sudan).

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