Case Narrative

Tallil Air Base, Iraq

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 events that occurred at Tallil Air Base. 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 that occurred at Tallil. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: October 30, 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 (OSAGWI) assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996 and has continued to investigate the events that occurred at Tallil Air Base, Iraq. IAD’s 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 Gulf War illnesses, 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
Tallil Air Base Description
Desert Storm—the Air War
Desert Storm—the Ground War
The Cease-Fire and Occupation of Tallil
Search for Chemical Weapons
Demolition Activities
Activity after US Occupation

TAB A - Acronym Listing/Glossary
TAB B - Units Involved
TAB C - Bibliography
TAB D - Methodology For Chemical Incident Investigation
TAB E - Photos of Tallil Air Base

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