Members of the Red Cross have found evidence of chemical attacks on civilians in Mosul. They said at least 12 patients who were being treated showed symptoms of exposure to a chemical blistering agent.
Five children, three women and four men showed symptoms of blisters, coughing, irritation, and vomiting.
Residents also reported smelling something strange after mortar attacks in the region.
Timeline The fall of Mosul Introduction
Since Dec'13, clashes have been occurring between government security forces, tribal militia, and the Islamic State militants in Iraq.
In Jan'14, the IS took control of cities like Fallujah and Ramadi, inciting conflict with the army.
Mosul fell into the clutches of the Islamic State in Jun'14 when the terror outfit attacked Western and Northern Iraq occupying nearly one-third of the country.
Islamic State targets Shias Islamic State
In 2014, Salafi (Sunni) Jihadist militant group Islamic State had proclaimed itself as a worldwide caliphate.
By 2014, it gained control over much of Iraq; it was known for its brutal violence, and extreme interpretation of the Sharia law and Islamic faith.
Being a Sunni group, it targeted Shias along with other religions/communities like Assyrians, Armenian Christians, Yazidis, Mandaeans, etc.
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