Friday, April 21, 2017

IS Strikes Iraqi Forces in Mosul with Chemicals; US Says Chemicals Injured Several Iraqi Troops

The senior U.S. ground commander in Iraq has confirmed that Islamic State (IS) fighters launched a chemical attack against advancing Iraqi security forces in the besieged city of Mosul, injuring a number of local troops amid heavy fighting, the Washington Times website reports today (April 21, 2017).

The attack -- which took place this week in the western portion of Mosul -- ended with several members of the targeted Iraqi unit exposed to a chemical agent, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin said.

He added that coalition forces are still conducting tests on the mortar round pieces laced with the chemical agent fired at Iraqi forces, to determine what specific chemical was used.

Gen. Martin declined to comment whether American and Australian military advisers who were attached to the Iraqi unit had been injured from the chemicals.

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