US Troops hit with mustard gas shell fired by ISIS
UPDATE: see below, no use of mustard gas.
Luckily no casualties, but this is a really bad development despite the fact that the weapon was designed poorly:
SIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.
The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.One official said the agent had "low purity" and was "poorly weaponized." A second official called it "ineffective."
UPDATE: Turns out (thankfully) it was NOT mustard gas:
The US military has concluded that a rocket fired earlier this month at an Iraqi air base housing hundreds of US troops contained no mustard gas, as initially suspected.
Test results released on Tuesday (Sept 28) "determined there were no chemical warfare agents present in the munitions fired toward the Qayyarah-West Airfield, Iraq, Sept 20, 2016," according to the US military command in Baghdad.
No one was injured in the rocket attack and no one showed any immediate signs of exposure to the suspected mustard agent.