Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pentagon: Is Fired Mustard Gas at Coalition Forces

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pentagon: Is Fired Mustard Gas at Coalition Forces

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WASHINGTON - The Islamic State extremist group fired a munition at an Iraqi air force base that tested positive for mustard gas, the U.S. Defense Department said Wednesday.

If confirmed, it would be the first recorded chemical attack on U.S. troops since IS overran parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.

The Iraqi air base at Qayyarah West, also known as Key West - a staging point for the upcoming campaign to seize the city of Mosul - came under fire Tuesday. An initial test of the munition, which the Pentagon says was either a rocket or a mortar round, returned a positive result "for a mustard agent."

The device was "imprecise and crude," a Pentagon spokesperson told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in an email.

No members of the coalition forces were injured in the attack, and none showed signs of mustard gas exposure. …

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