Peshmerga forces. File photo
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ERBIL – Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the use of mustard agent by ISIS militants in attacks against the Peshmerga forces in August.
The Peshmerga Ministry in the Kurdistan Region said in a statement on Thursday that blood tests have shown the use of the chemical agent by militants of the Islamic State against the Kurdish forces.
“The results of the tests on blood samples from 35 Kurdish fighters reveal traces of mustard gas,” the ministry said.
“During the attack on Gweyr and Makhmur, Daesh (ISIS) launched around 50 mortar rounds, 37 of them released white dust and black liquid when they exploded,” it said in reference to an attack that took place on Aug. 11.
The Peshmerga Ministry said that 35 Peshmerga soldiers have been exposed to the mustard agent, adding that some of the injured soldiers have been taken abroad for treatment.
The ministry urged Thursday all countries combating the ISIS extremist group to provide the Peshmerga forces with anti-chemical gear.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News