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Release No: 088-97
February 25, 1997


Bernard Rostker, special assistant for Gulf War Illnesses released the first in a series of case narratives related to the Department's ongoing investigation into Gulf War illnesses. This particular narrative focuses on the actions of American troops at Khamisiyah. It specifically discusses the demolitions of munitions by U.S. forces, the subsequent United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) inspections and the later public inquiry into the events surrounding this ammunition storage point located in southern Iraq.

These case narratives are a part of the Defense Department's continuing effort to inform the public of its efforts to better understand the nature and possible causes of the illnesses being experienced by many Gulf War veterans.

This case narrative and future narratives are not intended as final reports, said Rostker. This is an interim report about what we currently know about Khamisiyah. Other narratives about key events and issues surrounding the Gulf War experience are being prepared and will be released as soon as they are completed. This report, along with the documentary evidence and personal interviews will be posted on the GulfLINK Internet site (/GulfLin k/) as well as future narratives.

In addition to informing the public, these narratives are intended to open up a dialogue with Gulf War veterans who may have additional information that will help DoD more accurately understand key events. Veterans with additional information or who can clarify the events at Khamisiyah are encouraged to call the Gulf War incident hotline at 1-800-472-6719.

Gulf War veterans who are experiencing health problems that they believe are a result of their service in the Gulf are encouraged to call one of the toll free numbers to receive a complete medical evaluation. Those individuals still on active duty, who are retirees, or affiliated with a Reserve unit can call the Comprehensive Clinic Evaluation Program at 1-800-796- 9699. Those no longer with DoD, including reserve personnel, can call the Department of Veterans' Affairs Persian Gulf helpline at 1-800-749-8387.

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