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ISIS launches chemical attacks in Mosul, say Iraqi military

An Iraqi military officer says Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.

The officer with the anti-terrorism forces said Saturday that the attack occurred the night before in the al-Abar neighborhood, when ISIS fired a rocked loaded with chlorine. He said seven Iraqi soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling self-proclaimed Islamic State militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul. Iraqi officials say more than half of western Mosul has been liberated from the terrorist group. The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in January.

Ealrier today, an Iraqi military statement says the Syrian air force has carried out a series of airstrikes against Islamic State group militants inside Syria, with one killing the group’s leader in Raqqa, the ISIS de facto capital

Saturday’s statement doesn’t say when the airstrikes happened, but described the targets as holding “the biggest positions for senior terrorists.”

The statement says the strikes targeted IS positions in Raqqa and the town of al-Bukamal and village of al-Dishaisha near the Iraqi border.

Breaking news from global agencies and outlets by GEOPOLMonitor's team of writers.

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