Tests prove ISIS using mustard gas against Kurds
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Test on Friday proved that ISIS has used mustard gas against Kurdish forces over the last two days on the Gwer- Makhmur front, the area’s commander told Rudaw.
“The result of the test revealed they [ISIS] has used mustard gas,” Brigadier General Sirwan Barzani, commanding officer of the infantry division in the area said Friday.
Barzani said a mortar barrage late Wednesday carried a gas his fighters had not seen before in ISIS attacks. He said the Peshmerga affected by the chemical agent had breathing problems and skin injuries consistent with mustard gas.
Based on this, Barzani said tests were carried out by experts from one of the countries that belongs to the international coalition to fight the Islamic State, or ISIS. Earlier, Barzani had said a team of US and French experts had collected samples to explain what could have caused the burns and respiratory issues.
The injured soldiers were reportedly transferred to a hospital in Erbil, less than 40km from the frontline.
US officials had earlier announced an investigation into whether ISIS had used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces after a report was broadcast by Rudaw TV and the ENEX media network.
Also, earlier this week, the Ministry of Peshmerga instructed its forces in Makhmour to use gas masks in case of mortar-launched chemical attacks.
Many of the villages neighboring Makhmour, some only 5km away, have been under ISIS control since August last year when the group swept through much of western Iraq.
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