UN PREPARES FOR POSSIBLE CHEMICAL ATTACKS BY ISIL

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(The Independent newspaper) Iraqi medics have been trained in ‘mass casualty management’ in the event of the use of chemical weapons by Isis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Around 90 medical professionals were given the training with a focus on procedure during a chemical attack as US-backed Iraqi forces edge ever closer to the Isis-held city of Mosul, the UN body said on Thursday.

The group has long been suspected by intelligence services of attempting to make crude chemical weapons across its territory in Iraq and Syria. US-led coalition air strikes in the run up to the Mosul offensive targeted several locations thought to be used as mustard gas production sites.

 

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