Australians caught up in 'ISIS chemical attack' in Iraq

by Abel Hampton April 20, 2017, 0:11

According to the U.S. Government, the chemical used was classified as low-grade.

Martin declined to give details about the incident, including whether coalition military advisers had donned chemical weapons protection suits or whether an alert had gone around afterwards to notify troops of possible chemical attacks.

Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told the AP that six soldiers were treated for breathing problems. Two anonymous army officers said that masks and other equipment have been distributed in case of future gas attacks.

Mr Turnbull said he had received word that no Australian troops were affected by the chemical attack but had assisted after it occured.

"My advice right at the moment is no Australian troops were affected but Australian forces did provide assistance following the attack".

The Pentagon released a similarly dismissive statement, labeling IS chemical weapons "rudimentary" and largely ineffective.

At least 16 people were killed in a Tuesday car-bomb attack carried out by the Daesh terrorist group in western Mosul, according to an Iraqi military source.

An Iraqi outpost with USA and Australian military advisers in western Mosul was hit with an ineffective "low grade" mustard agent by Islamic State forces on Sunday, according to CBS News.

An Iraq Joint Operation Command spokesman said that ISIS has attacked government troops with some type of gas in western Mosul. It's now fighting to defend a cluster of western neighborhoods in Mosul, the second-largest city.

The Australian Defense Ministry called the attack "failed" and said it highlighted IS's "desperation as Iraqi ground forces continue operations to liberate Mosul". Last March, Kurdish officials claimed Peshmerga forces were injured from a chlorine gas attack when an ISIS suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with gas canisters.

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