ISIS Militants Use Chemical Weapons in Iraq after Sickening Attack against Kurds

ISIS Militants Use Chemical Weapons in Iraq after Sickening Attack against Kurds
Tue Feb 16, 2016 16:50:10

Diplomat confirms ISIS have been using mustard gas in attacks after lab tests came back positive for the substance.

ISIS militants attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas last year - the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein .

A diplomat has made the claims based on tests by the global chemical weapons watchdog.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that laboratory tests had come back positive for the sulphur mustard, after around 35 Kurdish troops were sickened on the battlefield last August.

The OPCW will not identify who used the chemical agent. But the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the findings have not yet been released, said the result confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by ISIS fighters.

The samples were taken after the soldiers became ill during fighting against ISIS militants southwest of Erbil, capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

The OPCW already concluded in October that mustard gas was used last year in neighbouring Syria . ISIS has declared a "caliphate" in territory it controls in both Iraq and Syria and does not recognise the frontier, Mirror reported.

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