ISIL launches chemical attacks in Iraq: Reports

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 18 September 2014

Terrorists from the Takfiri ISIL group have reportedly launched gas attacks on Iraqi forces in Saladin Province.

According to media reports, the attacks took place on Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, leaving around a dozen people and army forces affected.

The town has been under ISIL siege for more than two months.

Earlier in July, Iraq warned that the Takfiri terrorists have taken control of a huge former chemical weapons facility northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

In a letter distributed July 8 at the UN, Iraq said remnants of 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin are kept along with other chemical warfare agents in the facility. On June 12, the site’s surveillance system showed that some equipment had been looted.

Iraq’s ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in the letter that “armed terrorist groups” penetrated the site on June 11, and detained officers and soldiers from the protection force guarding the facilities.

He singled out the capture of bunkers 13 and 41 in the compound, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of the capital. Based on the last report by UN inspectors, bunker 13 contained 2,500 122-mm sarin-filled chemical rockets along with about 180 tons of sodium cyanide, which is “a very toxic chemical and a precursor for the warfare agent tabun.”

Bunker 41 also held 2,000 empty 155-mm artillery shells contaminated with the chemical warfare agent mustard, 605 one-ton mustard containers with residues, and heavily contaminated construction material.

The Takfiri terrorists also used chemical weapons in their attacks in Syria last August. However, the militants, along with the foreign-backed Syrian opposition, accused the Syrian army of being behind the deadly attack, an allegation that Damascus strongly denied.

The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions, where they have committed heinous crimes.

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