Iraqi Army Thwarts Chlorine Gas Attack by ISIL



Iraqi army troops backed by volunteer forces thwarted a chlorine gas attack by the ISIL terrorists in Nineveh Province.

Commander of Nineveh Operations said Iraqi forces foiled ISIL’s gas attack near al-Nasr village to the South of the city of Mosul.

There have been reports that the Takfiri militants used internationally banned chlorine gas during attacks in areas near the Central city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, in July 2015.

Also in August 2015, an Iraqi official disclosed that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group used the poisonous mustard gas during withdrawal from Al-Anbar University.

“The Iraqi troops were exposed to mustard gas in the munitions fired by the ISIL as they were winning back the Anbar University,” Samir al-Shavili, a media advisor of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism, told FNA then.

In a relevant development earlier on Wednesday, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department on arms control said the SIL terrorists have used sulfur mustard gas, a banned chemical warfare agent, at least three times in Syria and Iraq since the beginning of the year.

“In spite of the many crimes involving the use of chemical weapons that have been committed by terrorists on the territory of Syria and Iraq, the United Nations Security Council has not responded yet. It is becoming harder and harder to block the Russian proposals under the pressure of facts,” Mikhail Ulyanov told RIA Novosti.

According to our data, ISIL Takfiri militants used the sulfur mustard at least three times in the first quarter of 2016. This is a dangerous chemical agent, the use of which is a serious crime.”

The statement comes a day after a military source told RIA Novosti that ISIL used a chemical substance in an attack against a Syrian army airbase in the province of Deir Ezzur.

In March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that Moscow calls for a separate convention to cover the issue of chemical terrorism as the existing international law does not solve the issue.

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