ISIS renews chemical attacks on Peshmerga forces northern Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters firing at ISIS positions near Mosul. File photo

ARA News

QAMISHLI ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday launched an offensive on positions for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, using rockets filled with chlorine gas, according to local sources. At least one fighter from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces was killed and four more wounded in the attack. 

Local activists confirmed that ISIS attacked the Peshmerga forces in the fighting front of Kweir in Makhmur district with chemical weapons, killing the Kurdish fighter Jaffar Omar Karim and wounding four others, who suffered suffocation. 

Iraqi Kurdistan authorities said in a medical report that the corps of Karim and his face was exposed to burns, without the emergence of any traces of bullets in his body.

In the meantime, Kurdistan Regional Security Council (KRSC) has reported earlier that the ISIS hardline group has repeatedly used chemical weapons against the Peshmerga forces on several fighting fronts in the region. 

In November 2015, the Peshmerga forces have repelled an attack by the radical group, during which ISIS was planning to use chlorine gas against the Kurdish troops in a military base near Erbil, according to the Peshmerga leadership.

In August 2015, Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the use of mustard agent by ISIS extremists against the Peshmerga forces. The Peshmerga Ministry in the Kurdistan Region said in a statement at that time that blood tests have shown the use of the chemical agent by the terror group against the Kurdish forces. At least 35 Peshmerga soldiers have been exposed to the mustard agent, while some of the injured soldiers have been taken abroad for treatment.

The ministry urged all countries combating the ISIS extremist group to provide the Peshmerga forces with anti-chemical gear.

Reporting by: Ahmad Shiwesh

Source: ARA News 

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