German military says ISIS using chemical weapons in Iraq

2015-08-13 13:45
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Berlin - ISIS fighters may have used chlorine gas shells in an attack on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, according to German military observers, quoted by the mass-circulation newspaper Bild on Thursday.

It said the chemical weapons were "apparently" deployed on Wednesday in an attack on Makhmur, where both Arabs and Kurds live, and 60 Kurdish fighters were injured.

A German intelligence unit obtained accounts of the attack from a meeting with tribal leaders.

Some 88 German military personnel were 60km away in the Kurdish capital Erbil at the time. The Germans are training Kurdish Peshmerga and Yazidi fighters to fight ISIS using German-supplied weapons.

There have been several unconfirmed reports in recent weeks of ISIS using chemical weapons in Iraq. Bild said a military report on the attack had been sent to senior officials in Berlin.

Read more on:    isis  |  iraq  |  germany  |  security

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