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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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Air strikes continue against IS in Iraq and Syria

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State with 22 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria. Credit: Google Maps

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State militants with 22 air strikes in Iraq on Friday and nine in Syria, the Command Joint Task Force said.

Seven of the strikes were near the Iraqi city of Fallujah and hit bridges, a bomb-making facilities and other strategic targets.

Others hit targets near the cities of Al Huwayjah, Bayji, Habbaniyah, Makmur, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tel Afar and hit tactical units, weapons and other assets.

In Syria, IS fighting positions, tactical units and equipment were targeted by air strikes near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az and Kobani, a statement from The Command Joint Task Force said.

12 dead in suicide bomb attack on crowded pool in Iraq

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack by two suicide bombers on a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq.

Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq Credit: Google Maps

The attacks in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, about 110 miles north of the capital Baghdad, left 45 others wounded.

Most of the victims were Shi'ites from the country's ethnic Turkmen minority.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants have recently launched a string of bombings in Baghdad and other provinces, including a huge attack earlier this month in Diyala province that killed more than 100 people.

Baghdad car bomb 'kills at least 20' in marketplace

The blast rocked a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi'ite district. Credit: ITV News

At least 20 people are feared to have been killed after a car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The blast rocked a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi'ite district in southwestern Baghdad.

Police and medical sources told Reuters another 48 people were wounded by the blast in the Shurta neighbourhood.

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