Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program: More Self-Reliant, More Deadly, August 1990

Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program: More Self-Reliant, More Deadly, August 1990

Background

According to the document:

The Iraqi chemical warfare (CW) program, by far the largest in the Third World, is rapidly becoming self-sufficient. By 1993 Iraq will have completed several facilities that will supply nearly all of the precursor chemicals needed to support large-scale nerve agent production using raw materials acquired in the country. With optimum use of their CW facilities, the Iraqis may then be able to achieve combined nerve and blister agent production levels of about 4,000 tons per year-twice the 2,000 tons per year they were producing by the end of the Iran-Iraq war-without having to worry about foreign embargoes of most essential precursors. In addition, the apparent integration of pesticide production into Iraq’s CW infrastructure will lend an air of legitimacy to the program.

The document was first released (or last reviewed) on June 21, 2011. On January 8, 2019, I requested a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) on the record, in which, many more details were revealed when the record was released on April 29, 2019.

Below, you will find the 2011 release, and the April 2019 release, which I offer a “highlighted” version that highlights the information previously withheld.

Document Archive

Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program: More Self-Reliant, More Deadly, August 1990 – 2019 Release (Highlighted Version) – [38 Pages, 11.9MB]

Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program: More Self-Reliant, More Deadly, August 1990 – 2019 Release (Clean Version) – [38 Pages, 11.7MB]

Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program: More Self-Reliant, More Deadly, August 1990 – 2011 Release – [37 Pages, 0.8MB]

 

 

 

 


 

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