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ISIS militants used chemical weapons in western Mosul, — AP
12:43, 16 April 2017
ISIS militants used chemical weapons in western Mosul, — AP

According to the information of Associated Press, "Islamic State" militants used chlorine against Iraqi forces in western Mosul

12:43, 16 April 2017

Reuters

ISIS fighters used chemical weapons against Iraqi military officers in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul. This was reported by the officer of Iraqi anti-terrorist forces in a commentary to Associated Press agency.

According to him, the attack took place the night before in the al-Abar neighborhood, militants fired a rocked loaded with chlorine. 

Seven Iraqi soldiers were hospitalized in a nearby hospital as a result. It is informed that they had breathing problems.

As the agency writes, officer spoke on condition of anonymity as "he was not authorized to release information".

Mosul is the main stronghold of "Islamic State" in Iraq. Jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared caliphate here in 2014, it embraces the territory of Iraq and Syria.

Ground operation to liberate the city started on October 17, 2016.

Iraqi forces supported by international coalition, led by the United States, are fighting against ISIS militants in the western part Mosul. On January 18, 2017 they have completely liberated eastern parts of the city. On March 1 Reuters agency informed that terrorists in Mosul were fully surrounded. 

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