In this Monday, July 14, 2014 file photo, a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Mustard gas was used in two attacks in Iraq near the Kurdish capital of Irbil in August last year, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said on Monday.The news comes amid an investigation by the Iraqi government into the 2015 attacks aided by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague.It is also only days after U.S. officials said ISIS fighters had the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas and had used it in war-torn Syria and Iraq. Iraqi Kurd authorities last year said two attacks were carried out by ISIS fighters on Aug. 11 on the frontline towns of Gweyr and Makhmur southwest of Irbil, during which around 50 mortar rounds were launched.
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