SOFIA — A chemical attack conducted by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul against the Iraqi Security forces in the area has not resulted in any actual impact on the forces or the US advisers traveling with them.
Commanding General Joseph Martin from the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters on Wednesday, that the Iraqi security forces were in the vicinity of one of the chemical attacks by IS, and were then taken to the nearby hospital where they were given the appropriate level of medical care needed. Martin pointed out that no casualties have been reported to this moment, Kuwait News Agency reported.
However, the US military is currently testing the chemical agent to conclude what it was that IS used against the Iraqi forces. Martin explained that the chemicals used by the IS militants in the past are low-grade chemicals, because of the lack of production capability.
The Iraqi forces continue advancing against the IS militants in western Mosul, after they liberated the entire eastern part of the city in the beginning of this year. The extremist group has lost a large number of territories and members in the ongoing operations, which leads to the use of chemical weapons, as they put all efforts to push back the Iraqi forces.