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    Kurdish Peshmerga general command reported on Thursday that ISIL had launched 45 mortar shells with chemical warheads at Kurdish army positions in Iraq.

    In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014 file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters take positions on the front line with militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Kirkuk, northern Iraq
    © AP Photo / Hussein Malla, File
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The alleged use of chemical weapons by Islamic State radicals in Iraq was their last-resort measure to change the balance of power, Kurdish presidential media adviser, Kifah Mahmoud, told Sputnik on Friday.

    Mahmoud added that ISIL positions had been completely eliminated to the south of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, where the most highly-trained terrorists had been based.

    "Chemical weapons are always used in the last stages of defeat as the last attempt to change the balance of power. IS [Islamic State] began to use chemical weapons after their ‘terribly trained army’ started rapidly failing on the borders of Kurdistan as a result of continuous defeats," Mahmoud said.

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    Daesh, chemical weapons, Iraq
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