Aljazeera 13:17, August 14, 2015
Western officials probing 'ISIL use of chemical arms'

United States and German officials have said they are looking to investigate reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

A German defence ministry spokesperson said Berlin had "indications" there was an attack with chemical weapons this week against the Kurdish armed forces, known as the Peshmerga, that left many suffering from "respiratory irritation".

The defence ministry on Thursday said that Iraqi and US specialists were on their way to the scene of the attack to investigate, the AFP news agency reported.

A US official told the agency that the allegations were "plausible".

The statements follow claims by Kurdish officials that a chemical attack took place and wounded scores of fighters.

"Last Tuesday afternoon, Peshmerga forces in the Makhmur area 50km west of the city of Arbil were attacked with Katyusha rockets filled with chlorine," a senior Peshmerga official told the AFP.

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