OPCW to probe whether Daesh used mustard gas in Iraq
An International team of investigators is set to travel to Iraq next week to find out whether the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has used banned chemical weapons against the country’s Kurdish fighters.
The team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will determine whether the terror group fired mortar rounds containing sulfur mustard or commonly-known as mustard gas against Peshmerga fighters in August, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs in Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government had earlier issued a statement saying Daesh had used mustard gas against the Kurdish fighters in an attack southwest of the regional capital Erbil in August.
The statement, released on October 7, added that blood samples taken from approximately 35 Kurdish fighters along with an examination of injuries showed “signatures of sulfur mustard.”
Last month, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service also said it had evidence that the Takfiri group had used mustard gas against the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.
“Most probably it was mustard gas, but we want to make sure and we want to know where it came from because it is very difficult to get,” a diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.