Case Narrative

Possible Chemical Agent
on SCUD Missile Sample

Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This case narrative focuses on the analysis of a piece of SCUD missile that was provided to the Presidential Advisory Committee from a veteran, which was reported to cause symptoms similar to exposure to chemical warfare agents. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information regarding this SCUD piece or similar incidents and experiences. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the possible evidence of chemical warfare agents on SCUD missiles. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: August 19, 1997

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 (IAD) of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses and (OSAGWI) assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996 and has continued to investigate evidence of Iraqi use of chemical warfare agents. This interim report concerns a piece of a SCUD missile submitted to the Presidential Advisory Committee and reported to cause symptoms similar to exposure to chemical warfare agents.

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 Gulf War illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the account. The narrative that follows is such an account.



Tab A - Acronyms
Tab B - Bibliography
Tab C - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation
End Notes

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