Iraqi Kurds say Islamic State used chlorine gas against them




 
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Iraqi Kurds say Islamic State used chlorine gas against them
 
March 14th, 2015  
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Iraqi Kurds say Islamic State used chlorine gas against them
By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Saturday they had evidence that Islamic State had used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against their peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq in January. The Security Council of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region said in a statement to Reuters that the peshmerga had taken soil and clothing samples after an Islamic State car bombing attempt on Jan. 23. Chlorine is a choking agent whose use as a chemical weapon dates back to World War One. It is banned under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits all use of toxic agents on the battlefield.

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