US believes ISIS likely used chemical weapon in Iraq attack: WSJ

Kurdish peshmerga forces carrying coffins containing the remains of Yazidis who were killed by militants of the Islamic State, during a burial ceremony at Mazar Sharaf al-Din on Aug 13.
Kurdish peshmerga forces carrying coffins containing the remains of Yazidis who were killed by militants of the Islamic State, during a burial ceremony at Mazar Sharaf al-Din on Aug 13. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States believes Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week, the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Citing senior US officials, the Journal said ISIS extremists could have obtained the mustard agent in Syria, whose government admitted to having large quantities of the blistering agent in 2013, when it agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal.

Islamic State could also have obtained the mustard agent in Iraq, the Journal reported.