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US bombs ISIS chemical weapons plant in Iraq

Updated: Sep 14, 2016 09:19 IST      
US bombs ISIS chemical weapons plant in Iraq

New York [USA], Sept. 14 (ANI): A top US Air Force commander said that they have bombarded an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) chemical weapons plant that was housed in a converted Iraqi pharmaceutical factory.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said on Tuesday that 12 aircraft in all were used to hit the facility, which also served as an ISIS headquarters, at 50 different points, reports the CNN.

He said "We don't know for sure at this point, what chemicals were involved" adding that the attack on the ISIS chemical facility took place Monday in the vicinity of Mosul and the aircraft involved included F-15s, A-10s, F-18s, F-16s and a B-52.

The strike follows a United Nations-backed report issued last month that found that both the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS have used chemical weapons in the five-year-long war.

At the time, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price had said the US-led anti-ISIS coalition had placed "a high priority on targeting ISIS chemical weapons capabilities." (ANI)

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Updated: Aug 16, 2017 17:25 IST     

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