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Al Jaber Air Base: Sept. 25, 1997

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 a series of incidents during the 1st Marine Division efforts to capture Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait. During Feb. 24 - 26, 1991. Marines in the vicinity were advised on several occasions to don chemical protective equipment due to possible chemical agent exposure. 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 capture of Al Jaber.

Last Update: Sept. 22, 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. On Nov. 12, 1996, responsibility for these investigations was assumed by the Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD), Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI), which has continued to investigate incidents at Al Jaber Air Base. Its interim report is contained here. This investigation grew out of Congressional hearings in 1993 which identified Al Jaber as the site of a Fox vehicle chemical weapons alert.

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 these accounts. The narrative that follows is such an account.


I. Methodology

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II. Summary

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III. Narrative

A. Background:


B. Al Jaber During Desert Shield (Aug. 7, 1990 - Jan. 16, 1991)


C. Coalition Planning and Actions


D. Five Chemical Alerts on the Night of 24/25 February


E. Continued Attempts to Take Al Jaber


F. The 6:00 p.m. Alert on February 25th


G. The Fox Alert


H. Cleanup of Al Jabar


J. Analysis of the Incidents


IV. Assessment

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Tab A. Acronyms/Glossary

This tab provides a listing of acronyms found in this report. Additionally, the Glossary section provides definitions for selected technical terms that are not found in common usage.





Tab B. Units Involved

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Tab C. Bibliography

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Tab D. Methodology

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Tab E. Chronology Extracts

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Tab F. End Notes

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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