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Pentagon: IS could use mustard gas to defend Mosul

An Iraqi government forces tank is positioned in the middle of the road as they secure the town of Sharqat, around 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city of Mosul, on September 23, 2016The Islamic State group could use mustard gas against an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, the US Defense Department said Monday. “We can fully expect that as this road towards Mosul progresses, ISIL is likely to try to use it again,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis told reporters, using another acronym for the IS group. Davis said that the jihadists had already used mustard gas “at least a couple dozen” times, packing a “rudimentary” form of the chemical weapon into crude, makeshift munitions.

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