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04-20-2017, 10:45 PM
U.S. Commander: Islamic State Used Chemical Agent in Attack Near Mosul

(CNSNews.com) – As the Islamic State’s military position worsens in West Mosul, “so too does their humanity,” Major General Joseph Martin, commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq, told a news conference on Wednesday.

Martin said “hundreds” of Iraqi civilians are being murdered by ISIS “on a weekly basis.” And he said chemical weapons were used this past weekend on Iraqi Security Forces that are trying to liberate the city, with the help of U.S. and coalition troops.

“Daesh has used chemicals in the vicinity of Mosul,” Martin said. “The chemicals have had no impact on the Iraqi Security Forces. They had no impact on our forces.

“And we're not certain at this time exactly what the agent is. We have sent (samples) back for testing. But we're still waiting for the outcomes of those tests, based on my understanding."

Martin refused to say how many Iraqi troops were affected by ISIS’ chemical attack: “But what I'll tell you is that they were all treated and they were all taken to the appropriate level of care to make sure that they were all right.”

Martin said all U.S. and coalition troops that are supporting the Iraqis have the “appropriate equipment” to protect themselves. "They've been trained on how to use that equipment. And they've been … to help the Iraqis if the Iraqis ever run into another instance where Daesh decides to use chemicals.

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