U.S. confirms: ISIS launched chemical attack on advancing Iraqi forces in Mosul

20 April, 2017, 06:16 | Author: Glen Fletcher
  • A member of the Iraqi Federal Police sits next to a heavy machine gun during combat against Islamic State in western Mosul

ISIL terrorist group used mustard gas against the Iraqi army unit with United States and Australian advisers, leaving over 20 servicemen injured, USA media reported.

Islamic State militants used a chemical in an attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul over the weekend, and the agent has been sent for testing to try to identify it, the USA general commanding coalition ground forces in Iraq said on Wednesday.

"My advice right at the moment is that no Australian troops were affected by the chemical attack, but Australian forces did provide assistance following the attack", Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The Pentagon referred to the attack as "low grade".

The militants are now surrounded in the northwestern quarter including the historic Old City, countering the offensive with booby traps, suicide motorbike attacks, sniper and mortar fire, occasionally using shells allegedly filled with toxic gas. ISIS apparently had fired a rocket full of chlorine.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, commanding general of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve and 1st Infantry Division, discusses future operations for the liberation of Mosul with Staff Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir, commanding general, Iraqi ground forces, near Bakhira, Iraq, April 13, 2017.

More than 327,000 have fled fighting since the offensive operation started on October 17, with strong air and ground support from a USA -led coalition.

Iraqi government forces have taken back most of it in a USA -backed offensive launched in October, including the half that lies east of the Tigris river.

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