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Iraqi PM promises retaliation after ISIS chemical weapons attack

One killed, hundreds wounded in ISIS mustard gas attack. Iraq vows to retaliate.


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Saturday to retaliate against the Islamic State group after it launched a chemical attack on a town near Kirkuk.

The suspected mustard gas attack on Taza left a three-year-old girl dead and hundreds wounded. The Iraqi Prime Minister vowed the attack “will not go unpunished”, he said in a statement.

A large number of rockets were fired at Taza on Wednesday from the nearby village of Bashir, which is held by the jihadists.

Intelligence experts are still analyzing samples, but local officials believe mustard agent was used in the attack on Taza, which lies just south of the city of Kirkuk and is around 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of Baghdad.

Abadi promised that medical support would be provided to the town, where hundreds of people were treated following the chemical attack.

Iranian Health Minister Hassan Hashemi said Saturday a medical team from the Islamic republic had arrived in Kirkuk after an “urgent request” from his Iraqi counterpart, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Friday of Fatima Samir, the girl who died of wounds suffered in the attack. Some of the mourners carried placards demanding protection.

The Iraqi air force carried out a strike on Bashir overnight and Abadi promised a ground operation to retake


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