When reviewing the circumstances of this case, the investigator analyzed three key issues:


Since the chemical analysis has shown no evidence of the presence of chemical warfare agents, we assess that it is unlikely that a chemical warfare agent existed on the Scud sample. Because we cannot attest to the chain of custody before the Presidential Advisory Committee received the sample nor can we confirm the reported symptoms due to exposure to the sample, the assessment is unlikely rather than definitely not.


The key lesson expressed throughout this investigation is that soldiers should not pick up battlefield souvenirs or artifacts. Items on the battlefield may contain contaminants or present other safety hazards that are not immediately obvious.

This is a final report. However, if you believe you have information which may change this case narrative, please contact my office by calling 1-800-497-6261.

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