March 16, 2015 / 12:52 PM / in 3 years

Kurdish official says Islamic State used chlorine in three attacks

ERBIL (Reuters) - A Kurdish military official said on Monday he had evidence Islamic State has used chlorine as a chemical weapon against peshmerga forces three times in northern Iraq.

Kurdish peshmerga forces carry their weapons as they stand guard on the outskirts of Kirkuk March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

General Aziz Waisi, who said his forces were exposed to the chemical, said the insurgents had used chlorine in a December attack in the Sinjar area and in two others in January west of Mosul, including a Jan. 23 attack described by Kurdish authorities on Saturday.

Reporting By Isabel Coles; Writing by Maggie Fick

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