March 16, 2015 / 12:52 PM / in 2 years

Kurdish official says Islamic State used chlorine in three attacks

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

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.

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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