- ISIS used mustard gas on Kurds in Iraq this week
- Defense Department officials also said that they used WMD in Syria “in recent weeks” but gave no more specifics
- Kurdish fighters have said that the WW1-era gas had been previously used on them as well
It’s a pity there’s no military force that has sufficient fire power to wipe IS from the map. Wait. Scratch that. It’s a pity there’s no force of will behind the military force that could erase them in days.
Via NBC News:
U.S. officials believe the terror group ISIS used chemical weapons in Iraq this week, defense and intelligence officials said Thursday.
The terror group used mustard gas in an attack against Kurdish fighters, two defense officials and an intelligence official told NBC News. Mustard gas, infamously used during World War I, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage.
The defense officials said this is the second time ISIS has used chemical weapons — the first occurred in “recent weeks” in Syria — but they declined to provide more details, citing operational security concerns.
Kurdish fighters have reported that chemical weapons had been used in ISIS attacks in the past. In March, the Kurdistan Region Security Council claimed that chlorine gas was used in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq. Thursday was the first time U.S. officials have said they believe chemical weapons were used by ISIS.
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