Islamic State Has Reportedly Used Chemical Weapons Against Iraqi and US Forces

Matt Vespa Matt Vespa |Posted: Sep 21, 2016 4:38 PM

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ISIS Has Reportedly Used Chemical Weapons Against Iraqi, US Forces

CNN is reporting that ISIS forces have launched a chemical weapons attack against U.S. and Iraqi forces. A shell containing mustard gas reportedly landed near Qayarrah air base. Blessedly, no American forces were injured in the attack. U.S. officials are describing the shell as poorly weaponized and ineffective:

The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.

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No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.

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One official said the agent had “low purity” and was “poorly weaponized.” A second official called it “ineffective.”

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A US defense official said troops had gone out to look at the ordnance after it landed. Based on seeing what they thought was a suspect substance, two field tests were conducted.

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CNN added that these attacks with chemical agents were “expected,” as U.S and Iraqi forces are attempting to retake the city of Mosul.

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http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/09/21/isis-has-reportedly-used-chemical-weapons-against-iraqi-us-forces-n2221920

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First on CNN: ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops

Washington (CNN) ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.

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The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.
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No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.
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One official said the agent had “low purity” and was “poorly weaponized.” A second official called it “ineffective.”
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A US defense official said troops had gone out to look at the ordnance after it landed. Based on seeing what they thought was a suspect substance, two field tests were conducted.
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The first test was positive and the second was negative, the official said. The substance is now being sent to a lab for further examination.
US troops involved in the incident went through decontamination showers as a precaution. No troops have shown any symptoms of exposure, such as skin blistering. CNN has reported on previous instances where ISIS has fired rounds with mustard agents in Iraq and Syria.
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The officials said they “had expected” that ISIS might try use chemical weapons as US and Iraqi forces push towards Mosul in an effort to take the city back from ISIS. Several hundred US troops are using the base as a staging area for supporting Iraqi forces.
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All of this has led the Pentagon to assess on a preliminary basis that it was ISIS that fired at the base, since the terror group has been making mustard agent for some time.
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In the course of its air campaign against ISIS, US airstrikes have hit several locations the US believes are production sites for mustard agent.
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US officials emphasized that mustard agent is relatively easy to produce, and they continue to hit suspected manufacturing sites when they find them. US troops are routinely outfitted with protective gear in the event of a chemical weapons attack.
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3 Responses to “Islamic State Has Reportedly Used Chemical Weapons Against Iraqi and US Forces”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. Rifleman III Says:

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  3. Bone Fish Says:

    This might also tie into the Pentagon vs. CIA forces discussion:

    https://whiskeytangotexas.com/2016/09/10/what-a-mess-pentagon-at-war-with-cia-in-syria/

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