The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday that seven patients with symptoms indicating exposure to a toxic chemical agent were being treated at a hospital near Mosul. It was not clear which side was to blame.
The UN has warned that the use of chemical weapons in Mosul would constitute a war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law. Twelve people are being treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons.
Germany will temporarily stop training Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq in the wake of the conflict between Baghdad and the Kurds. Germany has been a major partner of the peshmerga, providing them weapons and training.
The "Islamic State" has used chemical weapons on at least 52 occasions in Iraq and Syria, says a London-based analytical firm. The IHS Markit report comes as Iraqi forces seek to retake Mosul from the militant group.
One million people could be displaced in Iraq in coming months, the International Committee of the Red Cross reports. Government forces have intensified efforts to retake the city of Mosul from the "Islamic State."
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