ISIL deploys poison gas against Kurds in Syria, Iraq

NGO's have confirmed use of projectile-delivered chemical weapons in ISIS battles with Kurdish peshmerga, YPG.

ISIL deploys poison gas against Kurds in Syria, Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ISIL group used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria in late June, a Syrian Kurdish militia and a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday.

 Two UK-based organizations investigating the attack said they had confirmed ISIL's use of chemical weapons against Kurdish forces and civilian targets in Syria and Iraq, where they said chemical agents were also used in an attack on an Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga position on June 21 or 22.

 Kurdish forces are playing a vital role in the fight against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq. The ultra-radical group has seized wide areas of both countries, declaring them part of a cross-border "caliphate" claiming to rule all Muslims.

A report in Ynet reported that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said ISIL had fired "makeshift chemical projectiles" on June 28 at a YPG-controlled area of the city of Hasaka, and at YPG positions south of the town of Tel Brak to the northeast of Hasaka city.

 It was the first ISIL attack of its kind against the YPG, said Redur Xelil, spokesman for the militia.

 The type of chemical used had not been specificially determined, he said and none of the YPG fighters exposed to the gas had died because they were quickly taken to hospital.

  The White House said it was aware of the reports of chemical weapons use and was seeking additional information.

 

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