Mar 11, 2016

Iraqi Turkmen: Tuz Khurmatu under ISIS Chemical Attack

The Turkmen town of Tuz Khurmatu has been struck by an ISIS orchestrated chemical attack, according to Iraqi Turkmen officials. The chlorine gas aggression, causing burns and suffocation, has led to more than 30 people being severely injured. There are fears that the escalating violence in the region could now extend to the nearby city of Kirkuk.

Below is an article published by Anadolu Agency


Iraqi Turkmen officials said the terrorist Daesh group has carried out a chemical attack on the town of Tuz Khurmatu in the northern province of Saladin.

Activists said at least 30 of the town’s 300 residents suffered severe burns and suffocation following the chlorine gas attack.

“Daesh has used Mosul University to develop the chlorine gas used in Tuz Khurmatu,” Iraqi Turkmen Front President Arshad al-Salihi told Anadolu Agency from Kirkuk. “If we cannot expel Daesh from Bashir and Tuz Khurmatu, the terror could spill to Kirkuk.”

The village of Bashir, five kilometers from Tuz Khurmatu, has been under the terrorist group’s control since 2014 when it overran Mosul.

Last month, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Daesh used mustard and chlorine gas in an attack on Kurdish peshmerga forces in 2015.