Kurdish forces say Islamic State group used chemical shells

IRBIL, Iraq -- Islamic State militants recently fired mortar shells believed to have been filled with a chemical substance, possibly chlorine, at Kurdish troops close to the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wounding 30 fighters, a Kurdish military officer and a medical official said Thursday.

See Full Article

Nine Kurdish soldiers, known as Peshmerga, were admitted to Azadi Teaching Hospital in the city of Dohuk last Friday with symptoms including vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath and itching, the director of the hospital, Dr. Afrasiab Mussa Yones, told The Associated Press.

He said that the symptoms suggested that chlorine had been used, but that further analysis was needed. Yones said he would send samples taken from the soldiers' clothes for analysis.

All the Peshmerga were discharged after treatment.

"One of the mortar rounds landed near my position and there was a lot of smoke," said Col. Lukhman Kulli Ibrahim of the 8th Peshmerga brigade based in Sinjar. He said he "fell down immediately and went unconscious." He said that after coming to, "I felt burning in my eyes, I struggled to breathe, had a headache and a burning in my chest."

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed earlier this week that IS used mustard gas on Kurdish forces last August.

Chlorine is an easily obtainable chemical element that is widely used in water purification. It was first used as a weapon in the First World War. When it reacts with water in the lungs it forms hydrochloric acid, a potentially lethal irritant.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • U.S. President Donald Trump on terror attacks: 'I’m 10-0 ... I’ve called every one of them'

    World News Toronto Sun
    A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. Source
  • 3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

    World News CBC News
    In this 2009, file photo, a mother holds her baby receiving a malaria vaccine as part of a trial in Western Kenya. The World Health Organization says three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine. Source
  • Four-year-old girl falls from moving bus onto busy highway

    World News CTV News
    A local volunteer firefighter and licensed EMT is being hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of a four-year-old girl who fell out of the back of a moving bus. Ryan Ciampoli captured the shocking moment on his vehicle’s dashcam as he drove behind the bus on Highway 65 in Harrison, Ark. Source
  • Sean Hannity calls sexual harassment accusation ’100% false’

    World News Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100% false and a complete fabrication.” Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his show in Detroit. Source
  • Edmonton gas station employee dragged in gas-and-dash

    Canada News CTV News
    RCMP in Edmonton are on the hunt for a man who allegedly ran over a gas station employee during a gas and dash Saturday afternoon. Chu Thai, the manager of the Superstore Gas Bar where the incident took place, told CTV Edmonton the employee attempted to stop a man from leaving the gas station without paying, when the suspect took off. Source
  • EU Commission throws weight behind Macron in French election

    World News CTV News
    BRUSSELS -- The European Union's head office has thrown its weight behind Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential runoff against Marine Le Pen, arguing it is a choice between the defense of the EU or those seeking its destruction. Source
  • Bill O’Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Bill O’Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast Monday evening. Fox News Channel’s parent company fired O’Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by women. Source
  • As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- With a budget deadline looming, U.S. President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S. Source
  • Hamilton man in naval spy case wants info on CSIS wiretaps of Chinese Embassy

    Canada News CBC News
    A naval engineer from Hamilton, accused of trying to spy for Beijing, is asking a federal judge for full access to information about Canadian Security Intelligence Service wiretaps of the Chinese Embassy. Qing Quentin Huang says federal secrecy has placed him in an "impossible position" as he prepares to defend against espionage charges. Source
  • Haley won’t rule out strike vs North Korea for nuke testing

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, isn’t ruling out a U.S. strike against North Korea if Pyongyang tests another nuclear missile. Haley spoke on several television networks Monday morning, praising China’s involvement in trying to pressure North Korea to cease missile testing and criticized its leader, Kim Jong Un, as unstable and paranoid. Source