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IS suspected of using banned chemical weapon in Iraq

A senior US official said they had "credible information" IS had used the blistering agent. Credit: Reuters

Islamic State militants are suspected of using mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq, the first suggestion the terror group has obtained a banned chemical weapon.

A senior US official told The Wall Street Journal they had "credible information" that IS had used the blistering agent earlier this week.

It was thought the group could have obtained the weapon in Syria or Iraq.

Mustard agents cause large blisters to form on people's skin and damages eyes, lungs and other internal organs.

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