The question as to whether or not Iraq actually used chemical weapon-loaded Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War is still an open one. Further to this, there still remain outstanding questions about the claims that Iraq possessed illegally-retained Scud Missiles in the period prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. There is no complete record to draw upon and no one organisation has ever been seen to have compiled an exhaustive and comprehensive analysis.

- A review by a former member of the Dhahran Scud Watchers Club


SCUDWATCH FOIA requests - follow links for details:

(Latest Update - December 15th 2008)


Request #1 - 17 June 2007 - The Ministry of Defence

- Request for MoD records of 1991 Gulf War Scud missile events.

Responses received - 16 July 2007, 23 August 2007, 29 October 2007, 20 November 2007.

Status - Ongoing - Notified documents are 'lost' - Awaiting recovery (but not holding breath).




Request #2 - 17 June 2007 - The Cabinet Office

- Request for Iraqi disclosures relating to 1991 Scud missile accounting.

Response received - 12 July 2007.

Status - Complete - Advised not held - Further advised to request documents from FCO.




Request #3 - 22 July 2007 - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

- Request for Iraqi disclosures relating to 1991 Scud missile accounting.

Response received - 01 August 2007.

Status - Complete - Advised not held - Further advised to request documents from MoD.




Request #4 - 08 August 2007 - The Ministry of Defence

- Request for Iraqi disclosures relating to 1991 Scud missile accounting.

Response received - 19 September 2007.

Status - Complete - Advised not held - Some additional information supplied.




Request #5 - 22 September 2007 - The National Archives

- Request to determine if Iraqi disclosures relating to 1991 Scud missile accounting had been lodged with The National Archive.

Response received - 24 September 2007.

Status - Complete - Advised not held and not expected in paper form until much closer to the 30-year period.




Request #6 - 05 November 2007 - The UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations

- Request to determine if Iraqi disclosures relating to 1991 Scud missile accounting had at any time been held or retained by the UK Permanent Mission.

Responses received - 04 January 2008, 08 January 2008, 04 February 2008, 03 March 2008, 03 April 2008.

Status - Final response received - Redacted version of Iraqi dossier sent to London for analysis in relation to this request - FCO advise that the requested information is not held as they hold only a redacted copy of the Iraqi 2002 CAFCD - The implication of this fact is that the redaction of the document went beyond protecting nuclear, biological and chemical warfare technical knowledge.




Request #7 - 21 April 2008 - The FCO Counter Proliferation Department

- Request to determine which sections, pages and annexes of Iraq's ballistic missile declaration (part IV of the CAFCD) are contained in the redacted version of the December 7th 2002 CAFCD as held by the Counter Proliferation Department of the FCO.

Responses received - 22 April 2008, 16 May 2008, 24 June 2008, 01 July 2008, 23 July 2008, 20 August 2008, 12 September 2008, 09 October 2008.

Status - FCO advised that their previous FOI response (relating to Request #6) was incorrect and required refinement of the current request - FCO locates unredacted version of CAFCD - Refined request made for information from this version - Information withheld under sections 27(1)(a) and 27(2) of the Freedom of Information Act - Internal review requested - Original decision upheld.




Request #8 - 12 October 2008 - The FCO Counter Proliferation Department

- Request to determine which sections, pages and annexes of Iraq's ballistic missile declaration (part IV of the CAFCD) are contained in the redacted version of the December 7th 2002 CAFCD as held by the Counter Proliferation Department of the FCO.

Responses received - 07 November 2008, 15 December 2008.

Status - Information withheld under sections 27(1)(a) and 27(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.