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Kurdistan

Peshmerga: ISIS may have used chemical weapons in Makhmur

By Rudaw 12/8/2015
Wounds suffered by a Peshmerga in a suspected Tuesday chemical weapons attack. Rudaw Photo.
MAKHMUR, Kurdistan Region — Peshmerga officials say they have asked international experts to examine wounded Peshmerga soldiers who they fear were exposed to chemical weapons by Islamic State militants.   

Muhammad Khoshawi, a Peshmerga commander, told Rudaw a group of US and French experts had arrived in the area to take samples and establish facts after a Tuesday night mortar attack on Kurdish positions in Makhmur, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) southwest of Erbil. 

“Last night at least 45 mortar rounds were fired at our positions, which we believe were loaded with chemicals, since the wounds are different,” Khoshawi, whose forces patrol the area, said. 

Burn wounds on the bodies of a number of Peshmerga were examined by the experts and sent to a laboratory for further studies, according to Khoshawi.

He said Peshmerga forces in the area were instructed to use gas masks in case of mortar attacks until results are verified in the laboratory.  

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Argushi, USA | 12/8/2015
I hope and pray that is not the case here. But this evils will Do and use anything that they can get their hands on. I wish US will wipe them out and send them one way ticket to hell.
Nam | 13/8/2015
We Kurds must unite against this Islamic savagery. Screw ISIS terrorists and their backers in Ankara. If we stand united nothing can defeat us. We should be careful about our relationship with the Americans. They will not hesitate to betray their allies when it fits their interests. They've done it before. They'll do it again.
Kandil | 13/8/2015
These are the same people who used chemical weapons in Syria, that's why last year Erdogan immediatly to cover up ISIS blamed Assad for the attack in Syria
Kurdish Patriot | 13/8/2015
Turkey and its MIT are fully responsible for aiding ISIS with these chemical bombs just like they did when it was used on the Arab Syrian people, to put blame on Assad. Yeah we know it was you 👈🏻, no use hiding the truth, you backer of ISIS you. Filthy swines 🐖🐽🐫💩
Marcopolo | 14/8/2015
I wonder what would be your new theory if Turkey starts fighting ISIS in syria. do you have anything to say at that time? you will be disarmed from lies and accusation. I just pray that Turkey would soon launch military campaign in syria. a bunch of idiots who blame eberything on turkey but have no problem to bend over for ASSad and ayatolahs. Iran opposes the use of turkish airbase by USA. why? because ayatolahs no longer have an opportunity to link isis to turkey. all these lies will be unmasked. just wait for turkish operation against isis in syria
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