US investigating whether Islamic State used chemical weapons

August 14, 2015 1:35 AM

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US investigating whether Islamic State used chemical weapons

Earlier Thursday, Kurdish officials said their forces, known as peshmerga, were attacked the day before near the town of Makhmour, not far from Ibril. Germany's military has been training the Kurds in the area, and the German Defense Ministry said some 60 Kurdish fighters had suffered breathing difficulties from the attack — a telltale sign of chemical weapons use. But neither Germany nor the Kurds specified which type of chemical weapons may have been used.

Confirmation of chemical weapons use by IS would mark a dramatic turn in the U.S.-led effort to rout the extremist group from territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria. Although the U.S. and its coalition partners are mounting airstrikes against the Islamic State, they are relying on local forces li...

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