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Iraqi, US officials: IS working to produce chemical weapons

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 11:00 AM
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures as he speaks to the parliament at the national assembly in Paris yesterday.

BAGHDAD, (AP):

Iraqi and US intelligence officials say the Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region.

The American officials tell the Associated Press that they do not believe IS has the capability to develop sophisticated weapons like nerve gas, which are most suited for a terrorist attack. So far, the group is believed to have used mustard gas on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence on the IS programme.

In the wake of the Paris attacks claimed by IS, France's prime minister yesterday warned of the potential for an attack by chemical or biological weapons.