Smoke rises from what activists said were Syrian airstrikes on locations controlled by Islamic State militants in Hassakeh city, Syria July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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ISIS used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria in late June, a Syrian Kurdish militia and an activist group monitoring the Syrian conflict said Saturday.Two U.K.-based organizations investigating the attack said they had confirmed ISIS's use of chemical weapons against Kurdish forces and civilian targets in Syria and Iraq, where they said chemical agents were also used in an attack on an Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga position on June 21 or 22 . Kurdish forces are playing a vital role in the fight against ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, the YPG has seized wide areas of northern Syria from ISIS this year.Reports of poison gas attacks by ISIS could not be independently verified by Reuters.
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