Pentagon: Islamic State ‘Would Love’ to Use Chemical Weapons on U.S. Troops
Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists are “dead set” on using chemical weapons and are likely to try to use them in an attack as U.S.-backed Iraqi troops advance on Mosul, which is considered the terrorist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq, warned the Pentagon.
“We recognize this is real. They’re dead set on it. They would love to be able to use chemical weapons against us, against the Iraqis as they move forward,” U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday. “We are making every effort to make sure that we’re ready for it.”
Although the Islamic State launched chemical attacks in Iraq in March that exposed a child to an agent or agents that proved to be deadly and wounded hundreds of people, Davis downplayed the lethality of the jihadist group’s chemical weapons capabilities. – READ MORE