Wednesday, October 19, 2016

U.S. Expects The Islamic State Will Use Chemical Weapons In The Battle For Mosul

Reuters: U.S. expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight

The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, U.S. officials say, although adding that the group's technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited.

U.S. forces have begun to regularly collect shell fragments to test for possible chemical agents, given Islamic State's use of mustard agent in the months before Monday's launch of the Mosul offensive, one official said.

In a previously undisclosed incident, U.S. forces confirmed the presence of a sulfur mustard agent on Islamic State munition fragments on Oct. 5, a second official said. The Islamic State had targeted local forces, not U.S. or coalition troops.

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More News On The U.S. Expecting The Islamic State Will Use Chemical Weapons In The Battle For Mosul

Mosul offensive: US expects Isis will use chemical weapons -- The Independent
US expects Islamic State to use chemical weapons as forces advance on Mosul -- FOX News
Fears ISIS may use chemical weapons in battle for Mosul -- Al Arabiya
Battle for Mosul: Is Islamic State preparing to unleash chemical weapons on civilians? -- International Business Times
US expects IS will use chemical weapons in fight for Mosul -- The Times of Israel
ISIS in Mosul may use chemical weapons & 1,000s of civilians as human shields – IOM -- RT

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