Islamic State’s use of chlorine gas raises international concerns

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Kurdish fighters of the Peshmerga. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Spokesman of the U.S. Department of Defense Col. Steven Warren expressed Tuesday the U.S. concerns about the reports of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) use of chlorine gas during its battles against opponents.

According to Warren, the use of chlorine gas as a weapon by the group is additional evidence of the brutality of this terror organization, and may also be a sign of desperation in light of pressures the group is currently facing.

The Security Council of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced in a statement released last Saturday that they have evidence of the group’s use of chlorine gas as chemical weapon against Pershmerga forces.

The analysis of soil samples and the clothes of a suicide car bomb attack in January carried out by the IS group in northern Iraq, showed that the samples contains levels of chlorine gas, which confirmed the reports about the group’s use of this toxic gas as a weapon against the Kurdish forces. 

On the other hand, Badr al-Fahl, MP of Salahuddin province, said in a press statement that the city of Tikrit is currently involved in tactical military operations along with dismantling improvised explosive devices planted by the IS extremists in the city.

Al-Fahl pointed out that according to intelligence information, the radical group panted 8,000 explosive devices in the city, adding that the engineering efforts have dismantled half of them so far.

“We need larger efforts to dismantle the remaining packages,” he argued.

Notably, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are in fight against the IS in northeastern Syria, announced mid-July, 2014, that the IS hardline group used chemical weapons in the battles of Kobane –which was later liberated by the Kurdish forces.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho    

Source: ARA News

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