On Sunday, an Iraqi Base with US and Australian military advisers was hit with a low-grade Mustard gas attack in Western Mosul with at least 6 Iraqi troops exposed. On Saturday, ISIS unleashed missiles filed with what was believed to be chlorine gas, causing at least 7 Iraqi troops to be treated for exposure. No one was killed in either attack, which means the strength of both chemicals was low.
Though it was believed to be chlorine in the Saturday attack, the substance was still being tested.
Iraq’s Federal Police reported that ISIS hit two other districts of western Mosul, Urouba and Bab al-Jadid, with chemical weapons on April 15 as well.
“The Iraqi security forces…were in vicinity of one of the strikes…They were taken back for the appropriate level of medical care… Nobody’s been [fatally] impacted. Nobody’s died.” U.S. Army Major General Joseph Martin,Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command–Operation Inherent Resolve
It’s not the first time that ISIS has used chemical weapons against coalition forces. In September of 2016, an aerial attack on what was thought to be ISIS supply of chemical weapons supposedly wiped them out. Here is the video of that air strike:
As usual, however, chemical weapons keep popping up in battles, endangering coalition forces. In these latest attacks, all troops affected were treated and did not succumb to their injuries.
This wouldn’t be the first time ISIS militants were allegedly using chemical agents to fend off coalition fighters. Troops embedded with the Kurdish forces also reported that ISIS was using chemicals in their mortar attacks, judging by the coloration of its plumes of smoke.
Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, has seen heavy action since Iraqi Security Forces launched their campaign earlier this year to liberate the ISIS-controlled city.
Since then, ISF troops, backed by the coalition forces, have managed to reclaim the sparsely populated areas of eastern Mosul, however, the battle to retake western Mosul still rages on — with large portions of it requiring door-to-door combat. Some reports claim that more than half of western Mosul has been liberated.
The term Takfiri Daesh has been used to describe the ISIS group that reportedly launched the attack. “Takfiri” is an Arabic word that means one Muslim accusing another of apostasy.
In general, Shias in Iran use the term for the ISIS Sunnis, and Sunnis use the term for Shias. In the case of ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, the term Takfiri Daesh is a derogatory term used by other Muslims to describe the terrorist group.
Featured photo: a cloud of chemical is released when Iraqi forces detonated a shell over last weekend.