WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT. ISIS terrorists are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, US officials believe, with mustard gas used on Peshmerga fighters (pictured).
The government is aware of at least four occasions in both countries where militants have used mustard gas, according to a US security agent.
The news came as horrific images emerged of injuries sustained by Kurdish soldiers exposed to the toxic weapons while battling the barbaric Islamists.
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The US source told the BBC that the mustard powder added to normal weapons, such as mortar rounds.
‘We’ve seen them use it on at least four separate occasions on both sides of the border – both Iraq and Syria,’ the official said.
They added that ISIS are believed to have a small ‘research cell’ and are developing their own chemical weapons.
Meanwhile horrific photographs emerged showing burns and blisters sustained by Kurdish fighters believed to have been struck by the mustard powder.
According to Kurdish news website Rudaw, German intelligence officials took blood samples from injured Peshmerga fighters which later showed that the soldiers had been attacked with poison gas.
Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) chief Gerhard Schindler said: ‘We have knowledge of ISIS using mustard gas against Kurds in North Iraq.
The troubling revelation came as the United Nations Security Council authorized international observers to investigate who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.
The groundbreaking move by the UN and the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, means officials will be able to blame a side, where as previously they could not.
ISIS, president Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and rebels in Syria have all been blamed by each other for attacks in the past.
The new body is the result of rare cooperation between the United States and Russia on Syria’s conflict, which is well into its fifth year.
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