Isis(ICIA) ‘aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons’, say Iraqi and US officials

Friday, November 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

The French prime minister previously warned Isis could arm itself with biological and chemical weapons

Alexandra Sims
Nov. 20, 2015

Isis is “aggressively pursuing the development of chemical weapons”, creating a team dedicated to research and experiments, according to Iraqi and US intelligence officials.

Iraqi officials have raised concerns that a large area controlled by extremists, since the group overran parts of Iraq and Syria last year, has left authorities largely in the dark about Isis activities.

A senior Iraqi intelligence officer, with first-hand knowledge of Isis’ chemical weapons programme, told The Associated Press anonymously: “They now have complete freedom to select locations for their labs and production sites and have a wide range of experts, both civilians and military, to aid them.”

It also believed the group are working in conjunction with scientists in Iraq and Syria to create more sophisticated weapons.

So far the group are only known to have used mustard gas during violence in Iraq and Syria, which is usually not lethal, with most victims recovering from their symptoms in several weeks, according to Live Science.

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