Breaking News- Isis now has chemical weapons

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Isis now has chemical weapons, the US military has confirmed.

A rocket launched by militants at American troops in Iraq contained a mustard agent.

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds a flag while standing on an armoured vehicle in the city of Mosul, Iraq June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
However the bomb was not very advanced, and so no one was hurt in the attack on the Qayyarah air base near Mosul on Tuesday.

Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the incident a ‘concerning development’.

US officials had said on Wednesday that an oily substance found on a fragment of the rocket that landed inside the security perimeter of the base had initially tested

positive for mustard agent.

A second test was negative, however. Further lab testing has been scheduled.

‘We assess it to be a sulphur-mustard blister agent,’ Dunford said, before adding that the rocket appeared rather rudimentary.

He said that while Isis has a ‘chemical warfare network’, its means of making effective chemical weapons are limited.

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