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HUNDREDS INJURED IN ISIS’ MUSTARD GAS ATTACK NEAR KIRKUK

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Kirkuk Iraq mapThe Islamic State have launched two chemical attacks near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, killing a three-year-old girl and wounding up to 600 people, Iraqi officials have said.

Security and hospital officials said the latest incident took place early on Saturday 03/12/2016 in the small town of Taza, which was also struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier.

“There is fear and panic among the women and children,” said Adel Hussein, a local official in Taza. “They’re calling for the central government to save them.” Hussein said a German and an American forensics team had arrived in the area to test for the presence of chemical agents.

The US-led coalition said the chemicals ISIS has used so far include chlorine and a low-grade sulphur mustard, which is not very potent. “It’s a legitimate threat. It’s not a high threat. We’re not, frankly, losing too much sleep over it,” US army Col Steve Warren said on Friday 03/11/2016.

The coalition began targeting I.S.I.S ’s chemical weapons infrastructure with airstrikes and special operations raids two months ago, Iraqi intelligence officials and a western security official in Baghdad said.

The extremist group is believed to have set up a special unit for chemical weapons research made up of Iraqi scientists who worked on weapons programmes under Saddam Hussein, as well as foreign experts. The group is believed to have created limited amounts of mustard gas. Tests confirmed the gas was used in a town in Syria when Isis was launching attacks there in 08/2015. There have been other unverified reports of the group using chemical agents on battlefields in Syria and Iraq.   

The usage of chemical agents by Islamic terror is still in its early stage but it poses a very serious threat in the longer run if used in European or Arab crowded cities.
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09/2010 -THE GREATEST THREAT  

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