Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) used its headquarters in Mosul to make chemical weapons, the Pentagon announced January 7, reported Al-Monitor.
Coalition forces, in their steady assault to retake the Iraqi city, found chemicals inside the university, which the terror group had claimed as its control center.
The university was liberated last month. Booby traps set by the jihadis in the heavily-damaged buildings made a thorough investigation difficult.
However, tests confirmed the university was “central to the ISIS chemical weapons program,” stated Pentagon Spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis. “They have received positive samples; that is indeed what was going on there.”
Davis said the chemical, sulphur mustard, was “used primarily as an irritant and something to scare people,” rather than an agent of death.
Since the beginning of the assault on Mosul in October, coalition forces have captured most of the eastern parts of the city. The western part of the city still remains in ISIS hands.
The fight for Mosul has incurred heavy casualties.