ISIS launches chemical warfare in Iraq, Kurds are target: Report

Chlorine, a choking agent, was first used as a chemical weapon during the First World War. 

Updated: Feb 28, 2016, 19:36 PM IST
ISIS launches chemical warfare in Iraq, Kurds are target: Report

London: The Islamic State (IS) group has launched a chemical warfare in Iraq, targeting the Kurds in the north of the country.

Several rockets believed to contain choking agent chlorine were fired at the Kurdish targets, the express.co.uk reported.

It further said that Kurdish authorities are probing the suspected chemical attack by ISIS against fighters in northwestern Iraq this week.

Dozens of Kurdish fighters and civilians were treated for nausea and vomiting after homemade rockets were fired at them in the Sinjar, it said.

The US-led coalition is helping with the investigation, the report quoted the Kurdistan Region Security Council as saying.

Chlorine, a choking agent, was first used as a chemical weapon during the First World War. It was banned under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Kurds had earlier claimed that they have evidence that ISIS has used chlorine against them on a number of occasions.