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A fighter jet takes off from the US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , on the Eastern Meditarranean Sea, Wednesday July 6, 2016. Fighter jets on the Eisenhower, also known as the 'Ike', conducted their first air strikes on June 28, as the aircraft carrier took over operations from the USS Truman in the Eastern Meditarranean to carry strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

US has bombed an ISIS chemical weapons plant hidden in former Iraqi pharmaceutical factory


The Pentagon says it has bombed an Islamic State chemical weapons facility that was housed in a former Iraqi pharmaceutical factory.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said Tuesday that 12 aircraft were used to hit 50 different targets. 

Harrigian added that the facility, which was used for producing lethal chemicals, also served as an ISIS headquarters. 

U.S. military photo of Iraq bombing target.

Peshmerga attacked with chemical weapons

The airstrike on the chemical facility took place on Monday near Mosul, Harrigian told reporters.

Iraqi Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces have suffered multiple chemical weapons attacks by ISIS, according to <b>Rudaw English</b>.

"We are fighting on one of the most active fronts of this war, and we don't have much protection against chemical attacks," Rebin Rojbayani, a Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.

"We don't have too many masks and no body suits at all to protect from such attacks." 

Chemical weapons a high priority target

Just last month, a <b>United Nations-backed report</b> found "sufficient evidence" of at least three cases of chemical weapons use.

Two of those cases involved the Syrian air force using chlorine gas on civilians and another involved ISIS using "sulphur-mustard" gas.

According to CNN, national security analyst Ned Price said the U.S. has placed a high priority on targeting any chemical weapons ISIS may have. 

We will continue to remove leaders from the battlefield with knowledge of these weapons and will target any related materials.
Ned Price

"We will continue to remove leaders from the battlefield with knowledge of these weapons and will target any related materials and attempts to manufacture such chemicals going forward," Price said in August, according to CNN. 

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