Soldiers from Iraq's elite Emergency Response Division fill ammunition clips in a house on the frontline in west Mosul. The troops have been issued with gas masks in response to a string of ISIL poison gas attacks. Florian Neuhof for The National
The National: ISIL resorts to using poison gas to slow Iraq troops in Mosul
MOSUL // Cornered and on the brink of defeat, ISIL has resorted to the widespread use of poison gas to slow the advance of Iraqi troops in Mosul.
Iraqi special forces fighting in Mosul and the Federal Police units deployed in support have been the target of sustained gas attacks since at least April, officers and soldiers in the city have told The National. The gas used in these attacks is thought to be chlorine or mustard gas.
The battle to liberate the city from the terror group is entering its final stages after seven months of bitter fighting. Recent gains by the military has reduced the area under ISIL control to just over 10 per cent of the city on the west bank of the Tigris river, said Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the Iraqi high command.
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WNU Editor: The Islamic State's propaganda arm is still functioning .... Graphic 40-min propaganda video depicts battle of Mosul shown from ISIS’ perspective (AMN).
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