ISIS may be using chemical weapons in the Middle East, Arutz Sheva reports:
The US is investigating reports that terror group Islamic State (ISIS) used chemical weapons against the Iraqi military, after separate accounts from both an unnamed Iraqi Defense official and hospital workers treating the victims told authorities that chlorine gas had been used.
Eleven Iraqi policemen were rushed to hospital last month complaining of dizziness, vomiting, and shortness of breath, the Washington Post reported Friday – all symptoms of chlorine gas poisoning. Yellow gas was also seen emanating from the site near where the policemen fell ill.
Officials also reported two other attacks. The source of the chemicals—and the amount and variety of them—remains unknown:
reports that Bashar Assad is continuing to use chemical weapons in the Syrian theater. Every time it looks like things in Mesopotamia can’t get any uglier, they seem to find a way to do so. With months-long delays expected before Western-friendly forces swing into action, expect this trend to continue.
In June, ISIS seized a weapons complex thought to have held hundreds of tons of lethal sarin and mustard gasses: the al-Muthanna complex, located 60 miles north of Baghdad, which was a central base of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program.
While the US State Department waved off rumors that the plant still held chemical weapons, experts stated to the British Telegraph that the chemical residue left at the site could be weaponized regardless – and that ISIS does, in fact, have chemical weapons experience.
In the meantime, Iraqi Defense officials told the Washington Post that the weaponry for the current attack was seized from Iraqi water plants now in ISIS territory, not from the complex.