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Thursday, 08 October 2015 - 10:45
Islamic State 'used mustard gas' against Peshmerga
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According to Kurdish officials, Islamic State militants fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. 

The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs said blood samples from about 35 fighters revealed traces of sulphur mustard.

It did not say if any of the Peshmerga had died as a result of the attack, or how severely they had been wounded.

Mustard gas can burn skin and cause severe respiratory problems, and is banned under international law.

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