ISIL use of WMD confirmed in attack on Kurds

Sources at the global chemical watchdog say sulphur mustard was used last year in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq blamed on Islamic State (IS) militants.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was sent samples after 35 Peshmerga fighters became ill near Irbil in August.

On Monday, the sources said the samples tested positive for sulphur mustard.

If confirmed, it would be the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

OPCW experts recently concluded that sulphur mustard was used in August in neighbouring Syria, during fighting between IS and rebel forces.

Sulphur mustard - commonly known as "mustard gas" although it is liquid at ambient temperature - is a powerful irritant and blistering agent which causes severe damage to the skin, eyes and respiratory system and internal organs.
This will be just another count in a war crimes indictment if the leaders of ISIL are ever brought to justice.   They have shown a consistent lack of inhibitions in pursuing their military objectives.

BTW, ISIL is populated with former leaders of the Saddam regime in Iraq.

ISIL could be planning on using them in the US this year.


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