UN watchdog: ISIS using mustard gas in Iraq and Syria

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The Globe and Mail reports:

Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used during fighting in Syria in August, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.

The chemical – which causes severe delayed burns to the eyes, skin and lungs and is banned under international law – was used during a battle between Islamic State insurgents and another rebel group, diplomatic sources said.

The confidential Oct. 29 report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a summary of which was shown to Reuters, concluded “with the utmost confidence that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard” in the town of Marea, north of Aleppo, on Aug. 21.

“It is very likely that the effects of sulfur mustard resulted in the death of a baby,” it said.

The report provides the first official confirmation of use of…

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