Islamic State may have fired chemical weapons at US troops in Iraq
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published: September 22, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Islamic State group has attacked U.S. and Iraqi troops using a rocket that initially tested positive for mustard agent, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
The attack took place midday Tuesday at Qayyarah West Air Base in northern Iraq where U.S. and Iraqi forces are building up an operations hub to retake Mosul, Islamic State group’s stronghold in that country. The attack on Mosul is planned for October, officials have said.
No U.S. troops were hurt in Tuesday’s rocket attack.
However, a U.S. explosive ordinance team went through decontamination after a shell fragment from the rocket initially tested positive for mustard agent, the Pentagon said Wednesday.