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ISIS Might Be Using Chemical Weapons Against US Forces In Iraq

U.S. soldiers found a black, oily substance on missile fragments fired from an ISIS position toward Qayara Airfield.

By Matt Picht | September 21, 2016

So, ISIS might have just tried to use chemical weapons on U.S. forces in Iraq.

U.S. soldiers found a black, oily substance on missile fragments fired from an ISIS position toward Qayara Airfield. The substance initially tested positive for a mustard agent; it's currently undergoing further confirmation tests.

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ISIS has previously used mustard gas to attack other militants in Iraq. The Peshmerga have even asked the U.S. for gas masks to counter the attacks.

No U.S. troops were harmed in the attack or exposed to the suspicious agent. The Pentagon says U.S. forces are already equipped to deal with chemical weapons, and the attack won't change its security measures in the area.

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U.S. and Iraqi forces have been pushing closer to the ISIS-held city of Mosul for months, and U.S. officials say Iraqi troops will be ready to retake the city by October.

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