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 at the Kuwaiti Girls School. Both UK and US military elements received positive alarms for chemical warfare agent in a storage tank located outside the school wall. However, as stated in our initial narrative in March 1998, analysis of the contents of the tank revealed no chemical warfare agents. Since releasing that narrative, neither the UK Ministry of Defence nor the US Department of Defense has uncovered any information that significantly alters the story. An independent review by the Presidential Special Oversight Board resulted in the recommendation to publish a final report. The Ministry of Defence and the Department of Defense concur with this conclusion and do not plan further investigation unless new evidence emerges.
Director General Operations and Policy
Gulf War Illnesses,
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Last Update: September 6, 2001
Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern that their unexplained illnesses may be a result from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate those incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996. Effective April 5, 2001 this office became the Office of the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) for Gulf War Illnesses, Medical Readiness, and Military Deployments, with continued responsibility for Gulf War issues. In early 1997, the British Government established a Gulf Veterans Illnesses Unit within the Ministry of Defence to coordinate the United Kingdoms response to issues related to their own Gulf veterans illnesses. In July 1997, the British government published a policy statement pledging to investigate incidents where chemical or biological warfare agents were alleged to have been present or detected.
As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of its efforts, the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence are publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts relating to particular incidents that Gulf War veterans have reported and that could have a bearing on the illnesses now being suffered by 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. It updates the previous narrative that had been coordinated with several key individuals involved in events at the Kuwaiti Girls School. US personnel who directly coordinated with us on the original narratives production were Lieutenant Colonel Michael Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel Donnie Killgore, and Colonel (Ret.) John Macel. UK coordination included the sampling team leader, Major Jonathan Watkinson, and the British soldier injured during testing. While these individuals directly reviewed and commented on draft versions of the original document, numerous others provided key information that helped us provide a more comprehensive view of events surrounding the Kuwaiti Girls School. We appreciate their assistance and encourage others with additional information to contact us.
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