Iraq forces fight to retake chemical attack town: commanders

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units gather in position during clashes in the village of al-Bashir, still controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group, on April 5, 2016Iraqi Shiite paramilitary forces have launched an operation to retake a town from which the Islamic State group launched a chemical weapons attack that killed three children, commanders said Sunday. The jihadist group fired rockets suspected of carrying a mustard agent last month from Bashir on Taza Khurmatu, another town in the northern province of Kirkuk. The attack killed three children, wounded a large number of people and pushed thousands more to flee Taza out of fear that it would be repeated.

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