ON ISRAEL’S BORDER: ISIS uses mustard gas against Syrian army says report
By Ben Ariel
Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists attacked Syrian army troops with mustard gas in an offensive against a Syrian military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor that borders Iraq, Reuters reported Monday, citing Syrian state media.
The reports did not disclose how many casualties were sustained in the attack on the heavily defended airport located south of Deir al Zor city, whose main neighborhoods are under the group’s control.
“The terrorists fired rockets carrying mustard gas,” a statement on state owned Ikhbariyah television station and quoted by Reuters said.
Reuters could not independently verify the media reports.
The Syrian army backed by heavy Russian air strikes was able last January to drive back the jihadists from several villages near the airport but has so far failed to dislodge them, according to the news agency.
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