Photos indicate ISIS may be using chemical weapons to fight Kurds in Syria
Things in Syria just keep getting worse and worse, and no naming the new war “Operation Inherent Resolve” isn’t helping all that much.
Islamic State jihadists may have used chemical weapons to kill Kurdish fighters defending the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane, a number of disturbing and graphic photos obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) suggest.
The pictures show Kurdish fighters who appear to have been killed this July in Kobane by the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) with some sort of chemical agent, possibly mustard gas.
Kurdish forces are still fighting to defend Kobane, about a third of which is now controlled by IS militants.
“According to expert Israeli sources who have seen the pictures, they appear to indicate the use of some form of chemical agent, probably mustard (blister agent), but it is not possible to conclusively confirm this without further investigation,” MERIA, which monitors the Middle East, reported on October 12.
Reportedly, evidence indicated that IS employed some sort of chemical agent, at least once, in its July 2014 campaign to seize Kobane from Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People’s Protection Units).
“The use of the chemical agent took place on July 12th, in the village of Avdiko, in the eastern part of the [Kobane] enclave [now in Islamic State hands],” Kurdish activists told MERIA.
We’ll include the photos after the jump because they are disturbing.
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