Case Narrative

An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point

Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular case narrative focuses on the An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point and whether chemical warfare agents, chemical weapons, or biological weapons were stored there during Desert Storm and the post-war US occupation. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the events reported here. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the events surrounding the An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: July 30, 1998


Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DoD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. The Investigation and Analysis Directorate of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and has continued to investigate the An Nasiriyah Southwest Ammunition Storage Point. Its interim report is contained here.

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DoD is publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts related to possible causes of illnesses among Gulf War veterans, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the accounts. The narrative that follows is such an account.





Background on Iraq’s Chemical Weapons Program
Background on Iraq’s Biological Weapons Program
An Nasiriyah SW ASP Description
Desert Shield and Desert Storm
The Cease-Fire and Occupation of the An Nasiriyah SW ASP
The Search for Chemical Weapons
The Search for Biological Weapons
An Nasiriyah Biological Sampling Mission
Oozing Munitions
Demolition Activities
UNSCOM Inspection Findings


TAB A - Acronym Listing/Glossary

TAB B - Units Involved

TAB C - Bibliography

TAB D - Methodology For Chemical Incident Investigation

TAB E - Lessons Learned


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