| Scud Missile (Iraq)
37 feet, 4 inches.
2 feet, 9 inches
Al Hussein 1,00 lbs
Al Abbas 650 lbs
Al Hussein 400miles
Al Abbas 400miles
*Launched either from fixed or mobile launchers, Iraqi missiles are certain to cause problems for the troops in Desert Storm. It was feared Saddam Hussein may use this weapon with a chemical warhead against U.S. forces and Israeli civilians. In Saddam Hussein's first counter-attack of the war, he used SCUD missiles with conventional warheads against Israel and Saudi Arabia, causing minimal damage. U.S. Patriot missiles have intercepted the SCUDS on many occasions, but due to the large size of the SCUD, many pieces of debris have fallen to earth and caused damage. His two modifications of the SCUD, the Al Hussein and Al Abbas, were designed for longer range to enable attacks against Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war. The elimination of Iraq's SCUD threat is a priority with commanders in Operation Desert Storm.
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The SCUD missile, like the V-1 and V-2 of World War II, is properly described as a terror weapon. Its military value is extremely limited given its inaccuracy and small warhead. SCUDs were used to terrorize populations and for political purposes in the Gulf. The most serious damage came when a SCUD fell on a barracks full of American servicemen, killing 28 and wounding nearly 100
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