Mosul offensive: US expects Isis will use chemical weapons

October 19, 2016

Isis is likely to use chemical weapons in its attempt to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, US officials have said.

US forces are collecting fragments of shelling used by the group to test for chemical materials after recently confirming the presence of sulfur mustard agents on Isis munition fragments in a previously undisclosed incident on 5 October, officials told Reuters.

But they added that they believe the group has so far failed to develop chemical weapons with lethal affects, meaning the biggest threat to Iraqi and Kurdish forces is still conventional weapons.



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