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ISIS attacks Iraqi city with chemical weapons

BAGHDAD, March 12, 2016 – Iraqi officials are claiming that ISIS launched chemical weapon attacks on Iraqi town. The attack resulted in a number of casualties resulting from suffocation, burns and dehydration. Several officials have said U.S.-led warplanes have since conducted airstrikes targeting chemical weapons sites based on information provided by this man, who has been identified as Sleiman Daoud Al-Bakkar. Adel Hussein, a local Iraqi official said that eight wounded people were being transferred to Baghdad for treatment.

Most victims had minor respiratory problems and rashes, and at least four were hospitalized in Baghdad in critical condition, according to Masroor Aswad, a member of Iraq’s human-rights commission, the newspaper reported. He said 3-year-old Fatima Samir died of kidney and lung failure. Tests are still being run to determine what chemical was used in the attack. An Islamic State operative captured in Iraq has told U.S. military personnel that the terrorist group had plans to use mustard gas against American allies fighting them, a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday.

The fighter, who was detained by U.S. special operations forces last month, has been identified by the U.S. military as a chemical weapons specialist, according to the official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The weapons were going to be used against Kurdish forces and other U.S. allies, the official said. The timing of any such attack is unclear. Chemicals that the militants have used so far include chlorine and a low-grade sulfur mustard, which is not very potent. “It’s a legitimate threat. It’s not a high threat. We’re not, frankly, losing too much sleep over it,” U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Friday. Airstrikes are targeting laboratories and equipment, and further Special Forces raids targeting chemical weapons experts are planned.

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