According to a Pentagon spokesman, the Islamic State (ISIS) is “dead set” on using chemical weapons against Iraqi forces.
The Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, noted that ISIS is already believed to have used a “crude” chemical weapon.
“We fully recognize this is something that ISIL has done before. They’ve done it many times, at least a couple dozen that we know of where they have launched crude makeshift munitions that are filled with this mustard agent,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters.
Fox News reports:
Davis said the terror group has a basic understanding of making mustard gas. The group has used a chemical powder bound together with oil, with leaves behind a trace. A Pentagon official told Fox News last week a “tar-like black oily substance” was found on the shell, which landed within the base hundreds of yards from U.S. forces.
Davis said even though ISIS chemical weapons aren’t perfect, coalition forces still have to be prepared for a chemical attack.
“We recognize this is real. They’re dead set on it. They would love to be able to use chemical weapons against us, against the Iraqis as they move forward,” Capt. Davis said. “We are making every effort to make sure that we’re ready for it.”
Davis noted the United States is already taking measures to prepare, citing that America has provided more than 50,000 gas masks to Iraq, with about 40,000 going to Iraqi security forces.
(H/T: Fox News)