TOPSHOTS Militants of Islamic State (IS)...TOPSHOTS Militants of Islamic State (IS) stand just before explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on October 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village,  in Sanliurfa province. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed.

Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by Isil in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN.

Mustard gas, used during World War One, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage and is an internationally-banned chemical weapon.

  • David Murrell

    Surprisingly, CNN News devoted considerable time on this but they interviewed mostly retired secutity analysts with Democratic links, who didn’t seem all that concerned. Canada’s media cartel? They could care less.

    • k1992

      If burning people alive, sawing off limbs and hands, repeatedly raping captured females, etc., all done in the name of Allah, isn’t enough to rouse the interest of our media and the progressives, it’s not surprising that mustard gas won’t do it either. We have become a truly sick and jaded society.

    • luna

      The middle east is such a mess with constantly shifting allegiances. Obama nearly started a war with Russia over the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Now it seems Islamic State has carte blanc to use banned weapons of mass destruction.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Has the NYT/Obama blamed Israel yet?

  • Hey they are Muslims. What’s the big deal. What did you expect.

    Wait till they get their hands on a nuke. Think they will use it?

  • luna

    When Saddam did this it was called genocide.