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Washington says use of mustard gas by Islamic State 'plausible'

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter monitors his surrounding from the top of Mount ZardakA US official deemed it “plausible” Thursday that the Islamic State group used mustard gas against Iraqi Kurd fighters this week. “Based on previous information, we found these reports plausible,” the official told AFP, referring to a Wall Street Journal story citing US and German sources that said the extremist group had used the banned chemical weapon. For its part, the Pentagon said Thursday it is “seeking additional information” about the alleged attack.

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