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Pentagon: Sulfur-Mustard Blister Agent Used Against US Troops

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In this 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 10:43 AM

The Pentagon confirmed that ISIS attempted to attack U.S. troops using a sulfur-mustard blister agent.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford confirmed the attempted attack Thursday, according to The Hill.

The attempted attack took place Tuesday when ISIS fired a rocket into Qayyarah air base, located in northern Iraq. The base is currently holding hundreds of stationed U.S. troops, The Hill noted.

Members of the U.S. military examined the rocket shortly after, which is when they noticed an odd substance located on a fragment of the rocket.

“We assess it to be a sulfur mustard blister agent. We don’t assess that ISIL has the — has a very rudimentary capability to deliver that,” Dunford said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, according to The Hill.

“It wasn’t a particularly effective, but it was a concerning development,” he added.

According to CNN, one official referred to the agent as having “low purity” as it was “poorly weaponized.”

Committee Chairman John McCain also called the attempt to attack U.S. troops “concerning,” saying “It is concerning, particularly on those people who don’t have the protective equipment as well,” The Hill reported.

According to officials, no troops were injured in the attempt.

“We have effective detection equipment there, we have effective protection equipment. We can also decontaminate,” Dunford said, according to The Hill.

Troops involved in the incident went through the decontamination process as a precaution. As of now, no troops have shown any symptoms of exposure in the aftermath of the attack, CNN reported.

“I don’t know of a case like this where it was proximate to U.S. forces like this before,” said one military official.

U.S. officials say they’re not surprised about the attempt to attack their base considering the fact that U.S. and Iraqi forces are moving towards Mosul to try and take the city back from ISIS, CNN noted.

The sulfur-mustard agent is currently being sent to a lab for further examination, CNN reported.

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