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  • Writer's pictureJessica Fehrenbach

13 October 2016 - Khamisiyah 2.0?

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

13 October 2016: the USS NITZE fires five Tomahawk missiles to destroy Houthi rebel munitions depots. Reportedly, a cache of 93 C-802s had been intercepted by pirates from an Iranian vessel during the mid-1990s and the munitions were not recovered. One C-802 ASM missile was fired over previous weeks, which killed a U.S. Naval crew aboard a small vessel named HSV Swift. Unconfirmed reports by retired forensic ballistics experts identified the blast pattern seen in photos as caused by a C-802 missile. Presumably, this accounts for one of the 93 which were pirated some two decades earlier. 92 C-802s remained unaccounted for.

9 October 2016: US Navy crews are stationed aboard the USS Ponce, alongside the USS Mason and USS Nitze off the coast of Yemen, at the Bab-Al Mandeb straight in the waters of the Red Sea. Corresponding to their subsequently awarded Combat Action Ribbon (CAR), the crew of the USS PONCE—and the NITZE and MASON— were involved in 13 incoming C-802 ANTI-SHIP MISSILES (ASM) attacks off the coast of Yemen between 9 October 2016 to 15 October 2016.

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COPIND - Chronic organophosphate induced neuropsychiatric disease. Including increased suicidal ideation and intractable personality changes with marked agitation and violence. Unconfirmed reports have linked these features to the larger Gulf War Illness pattern seen since 1990. This includes the symptoms seen in the onset of increasingly prevalent and earlier onset of fatal ALS (amyotrophic-lateral sclerosis) in Gulf War veterans exposed to chemical weapons in the mushroom cloud. In this Subsequent reports state the ALS disease correlates to exposure following the U.S. air strikes of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons depot at Khamisiyah in Desert Storm.

One pilot involved in the air strikes died of ALS in the years following Desert Storm. The subsequent exposures of the fateful destruction of the Houthi rebels‘ munitions depot in October 2016 by 5 Tomahawk missiles fired from the USS Nitze is reminiscent of the Desert Storm operations of Khamisiyah.

Thoughts: UK Royal Navy and the US Navy both use Tomahawks with includes nuclear warhead (i.e. atomic energy and are manufactured at LOS ALAMOS). Tomahawk missiles contain JP-10. JP-10 jet fuel is unique in that it contains lead comparatively to vehicle and boating fuels which do not contain lead.

The French Navy does not report incidences of neuropsychiatric symptoms and gulf war illness with extrapyramidal symptoms. 34% of gulf war veterans display chronic multi-symptom unexplained illness (referred to as GULF WAR ILLNESS). The latter is explained by a genetic predisposition in the PON1/PON2 gene which causes decreased sarin and soman clearance. This pathway of exposure to aerosolized chemical weapons called nerve agents via respiratory and dermal uptake was explained in published reports most recently in May 2022 by Robert Hayley, M.D.

Thoughts on future studies: Could the US and UK service members‘ distinct pattern of neuropsychiatric symptoms be explained by subsequent Tomahawk exposures? Could the October 2016 exposures by US Naval troops comparatively explain why the French troops have been spared? What are the implications in terms of larger Gulf War Illness patterns?

I offer that follow up studies involving both Gulf War veterans and on veterans known collectively as “atomic veterans“ are warranted in terms of identifying correlation and causation in terms of their exposure to nuclear and lead toxicities, in conjunction with organophosphate and nerve agent exposures. My hypothesis is part of our larger, ongoing Meta-Analysis of Gulf War Illness, extrapyramidal symptoms, and COPIND (chronic organophosphate induced neuropsychiatric disease).

Respectfully, Warm Regards,

Jessica Fehrenbach, CM-CCEMTP

Senior Concierge Case Manager

Tertiary Data Analysis | Human Genomics

John Thibault Advocacy Solutions, Inc.

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