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Iraq says ISIS hit troops with chemical gas

Eleven Iraqi police officers were admitted to the hospital in September with symptoms of chlorine poisoning
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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad.

The use of chlorine gas as a weapon adds a new concern to the turmoil in the country.

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A senior security official, a local official from the town of Duluiya and an official from the town of Balad say ISIS used bombs with chlorine-filled cylinders during September clashes.

They told The Associated Press on Friday that about 40 troops and militiamen were slightly affected by the chlorine and showed symptoms consistent with chlorine poisoning, such as difficulty in breathing and coughing. They were treated in hospital and quickly recovered.

The three spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

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