The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a speech from a historic mosque in the old city. He was ordered in January of a year ago to produce chemical weapons for use in attacks on Iraqi Kurdish fighters.
The report released Tuesday says the continuing chemical weapons attacks in Mosul most likely draw on remaining stockpiles in the city.
Christina’s brother, Yaz Kheder, said his family of nine has lived in a caravan for the past two years.
It added that al-Azawi is involved in the ISIS’ development of chemical weapons for use in the ongoing combat against the Iraqi security forces.
It was the first time the Treasury Department had imposed sanctions on an ISIS member accused of involvement in chemical weapons, the department said.
Columb Strack, senior Middle East analyst for IHS Markit, said this suggests IS has not established any further chemical weapons production sites outside Mosul.
IHS notes, however, that ISIS likely retains the capacity to produce small batches of low-quality chlorine and sulphur mustard agents outside of Mosul.
The administration is targeting Attallah Salman ‘Abd Kafi al-Jaburi (al-Jaburi), an ISIS leader and chemical weapons expert, based in Iraq.
In Syria, Kurdish forces backed by US -air strikes are besieging Islamic State forces in the city of Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital in that country.
A London-based military analysis group said the siege of Mosul and targeted killings of experts in USA -led airstrikes have significantly degraded the Islamic State group’s ability to produce chemical weapons.
Al- Jaburi serves as ISIS’s chemical weapons and explosives manager in Iraq’s Kirkuk Province.
ISIS has repeatedly used low-grade chemical weapons, primarily sulfur mustard, in Syria and Iraq. It’s now fighting to defend a cluster of western neighborhoods in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
Separately, the Iraqi F-16 jet fighters, based on intelligence report, conducted an air strike on suspected three vehicle bomb-making sites in the IS-held town of Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Mosul, destroying the three sites and killing many IS militants inside, the JOC said in a separate statement.