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Iraqi unit with US and Australian advisers hit by ISIS chemical weapon

Twenty five Iraqi soldiers required medical treatment after their unit was hit with a mustard agent fired from an ISIS rocket on Sunday, according to 
CBS News. Their unit included American and Australian advisers, none of whom were reported injured in the attack. 

Six Iraqi soldiers were also treated for breathing problems at a nearby field clinic, Iraqi Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool told the Associated Press.

The chemical attack by ISIS is the second of its kind over the last few days as Iraq forces struggle to liberate the denser western side of Mosul. The first attack occurred on Saturday in the Abar neighborhood of western Mosul. Seven Iraqi soldiers were injured in the attack, according to
AP.

U.S. Army officials told CBS News that protective masks have been distributed to protect forces operating in the area.

The incidents are not the first known suspected chemical attacks carried out by ISIS militants in Iraq. Last March, Kurdish officials claimed Peshmerga forces were injured from a chlorine gas attack when an ISIS suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with gas canisters. Peshmerga forces near the scene of the incident complained of symptoms associated to chlorine gas, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness and weakness, according to 
Al Jazeera.

ISIS fighters were suspected of firing nearly
40 chlorine-filled rockets at the town of Taza, Iraq, in March, which injured nearly 800 people and killed one. In January, when Iraqi forces retook Mosul University, they
found chemistry labs they believed had been turned into makeshift chemical weapons labs. 

As Iraqi forces continue to push into western Mosul, fighting has become fiercer and the pace of operations has slowed to a crawl. Eastern Mosul was liberated in January. 

Source : Marine Corps Times – RSS Feed

Iraqi unit with US and Australian advisers hit by ISIS chemical weapon

Iraqi unit with US and Australian advisers hit by ISIS chemical weapon

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