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Iraq: ISIS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

American medical volunteers attend to a civilian casualty at the the Samaritan's Purse field hospital, in Bartella, Iraq, on the outskirts of Mosul on March 23, 2017. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization based in Boone, N.C., set up the clinic in December. On Saturday, April 15, Iraqi officials said that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas in Mosul.

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By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Associated Press | Published: April 15, 2017

BAGHDAD — 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 IS fired a rocked loaded with chlorine. He said seven 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 IS militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul. Iraqi officials say more than half of western Mosul has been retaken. The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in January.

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