IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons, claims Military

IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons, claims Military

In February, Iraqi ground forces - backed by a US -led air coalition - began fresh operations aimed at driving Daesh militants from western Mosul, the terrorist group's last stronghold in northern Iraq. "We don't know what we will find" after the tests, he said, but he was fairly confident the material was a mustard gas-type weapon used in by ISIS.

An officer with the antiterrorism forces said ISIS fired a rocket loaded with chlorine.

The war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city, with severely malnourished babies reaching hospitals in government-held areas.

The ABC says the Pentagon has described the attack on an Iraqi unit that also contained Australian and USA advisers as largely ineffective.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, commanding general of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve and 1st Infantry Division, discusses future operations for the liberation of Mosul with Staff Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir, commanding general, Iraqi ground forces, near Bakhira, Iraq, April 13, 2017.

"They have got the equipment they need, they have got the motivation they need" to drive ISIS from the east side of their main stronghold in northern Iraq, he said. Another case of using chemical weapons in Mosul by ISIL terrorists was reported in March. Of those 52 attacks, 19 were carried out in and around Mosul, according to the report. The last one occurred Saturday when ISIS launched an attack with a gas agent in western Mosul.

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