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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 551-01
October 30, 2001

DOD RELEASE REAFFIRMS ASSESSMENTS MADE ON EVENTS AT AL JUBAYL

The Department of Defense released today the final version of its "Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia" case narrative. Since publishing the updated version last February, the Defense Department has received no new information that would change its assessments of the three suspected chemical warfare incidents.

The report, first published in August 1997 and again in February 2001, centers on three main occurrences known as the "loud noise" event, the Scud impact event and the purple T-shirt event. Investigators working for the special assistant for Gulf War Illnesses, medical readiness and military deployments still maintain that the presence of chemical warfare agents in Al Jubayl during the loud noise event, which occurred Jan. 19, 1991, was "unlikely."

For the Scud impact event, which occurred Feb. 16, 1991, and the "purple T-shirt" event of March 19, 1991, the assessments for the presence of chemical warfare agents remain "definitely not."

The final "Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia" case narrative, along with the all other publications produced by the special assistant is posted on the GulfLINK Internet site at http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/al_jub_iii/ .

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