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IS launches 'chlorine gas attacks' in western Mosul

Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul, the Iraqi military has claimed.

An officer with the anti-terrorism forces said the attack occurred the night before in the al-Abar area, when IS fired a rocked loaded with chlorine.

He said seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.

US-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling IS militants in the more densely-populated western half of Mosul, with more than half of that area having been retaken.

The extremists were driven out of the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in January.

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