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    Shell casings lie on the ground as Iraqi government forces gather around the Qayyarah airbase, which was seized by Iraqi forces last week from jihadists of Daesh, on July 13, 2016, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul

    No Mustard Gas Used in Daesh Attack on Iraq's Qayyarah Base With US Troops

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    Shells which Daesh fired on the Qayarrah airbase in Iraq did not contain mustard gas agent, a US military spokesman said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Shells fired by Daesh militants on the Qayarrah airbase in Iraq on September 20 contained no mustard gas agent, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Dorrian said in a statement on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, the US Department of Defense said the Qayarrah base came under attack with shells that contained a chemical agent, but no US service members demonstrated symptoms of mustard gas exposure.

    US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said on Thursday that the shells had been assessed to contain a sulfur mustard blister agent.

    Earlier in September, the US-led coalition against Daesh destroyed a pharmaceutical plant that was part of the terror group’s chemical weapons network in Iraq.

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