Iraqi Army Seize15 Daesh Chemical Missiles in Ramadi, Capital of Al Anbar
“The Iraqi army and popular forces seized at least 15 missiles with chemical warheads comprising very strong poison substances, including mustard gas which belonged to the ISIL in Street 20, al-Tamim, al-Qatana and al-Sharka regions of Ramadi city,” Brigadier General Fauzi Farih al-Dailami said on Thursday.
He noted that the chemical warheads have been transferred to Baghdad labs where it was discovered that they contained poison substances like mustard gas, FNA reports.
In May Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu said that the Takfiri terrorist group might have already used chemical weapons both in Iraq and Syria.
The OPCW director general also called for vigilance to prevent potential chemical attacks outside Syria and Iraq.
“According to a report by the Syrian-American Medical Society, ISIL has carried out more than 160 attacks involving “poisonous or asphyxiating agents, such as sarin, chlorine, and mustard gas” since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. At least 1,491 people have been killed in the chemical attacks.“
On April 7, 23 people were killed and over 100 others injured in a chemical attack by ISIL terrorists against members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Videos posted online purportedly show yellow gas rising over Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood in Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers North of the capital Damascus.
The development came only three days after al-Ikhbariyah Syria satellite television Network reported that ISIL had fired a barrage of rockets, carrying mustard gas, at a Syrian military airport in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur.
In August 2013, hundreds of people were also killed in Ghouta chemical attack in the suburb of Damascus. According to reports, the rockets used in the assault were handmade and contained sarin.
According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond Syria’s borders.
Damascus accuses Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of funding and arming anti-Syria terrorist groups, including ISIL.