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Kurds Reveal Evidence of Chemical Weapons Use by Islamic State
Evidence of Islamic State militants’ use of chemical agents for military purposes against Kurdish Peshmerga forces has been obtained by BasNews.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has presented evidence that Islamic State (IS) has been using chemical agents in the battlefield against Peshmerga forces.
Peshmerga forces collected soil and clothing samples after a vehicle- borne suicide attack (VBIED) on 23rd January. The samples were sent to be analysed by a coalition partner nation.
The analysis, which was carried out a EU certified laboratory, found the samples contained levels of chlorine that suggested the substance was used in weaponised form.
This is the first time international investigations have proved IS is utilising chemical agents. The KRSC strongly deplores all and any use of such indiscriminate weapons. The fact IS relies on such tactics demonstrates it has lost the initiative and is resorting to desperate measures.
The 23rd January attack took place on Highway 47 between Mosul and Syria at the Kiske junction as Peshmerga forces were preparing defensive positions following a two-day offensive during which IS lost over 200 square kilometres of territory and over 200 fighters.
Around 20 gas canisters were loaded on to the truck and primed to release the gas upon explosion.
Kurdish authorities have long since suspected that IS fighters have been using chemical agents.
In recent fighting around Tikrit, similar attacks have been recorded on video showing plumes of orange smoke, an indicator of the presence of chlorine. Again the weapon was used as they lost control of the city. It appears as if IS use the weaponised chlorine when they are suffering heavy defeats – these two incidents are clear examples of that and an indication of the pressure that IS is under as it continues to concede territory.