US Military: Tests Show IS May Have Used Chemical Weapon

美军:伊斯兰国迫击炮弹上有化学制剂痕迹
File - A chlorine-tinged cloud of smoke rises into the air from an alleged Islamic State bomb that was detonated by Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters, in the town of al-Alam in Salahuddin province, March 10, 2015.

VOA News,August 22, 2015

The U.S. military says initial field tests show traces of a chemical agent on mortars used by Islamic State militants to attack Kurdish forces in Iraq.

U.S. Brigadier General Kevin Killea, head of military operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, said field tests showed the presence of HD, or what is known as sulfur mustard, a class one chemical agent.

He said the field tests were not conclusive and that final tests are underway to make a definitive assessment.

U.S. officials have been looking into reports IS militants may have used mustard gas against Kurdish Peshmerga fighters this month in Makhmour, Iraq.

General Killea said Kurdish forces brought mortar round fragments from that attack to the U.S. military to test for traces of chemical weapons, but he cautioned there are concerns about the Peshmerga providing the U.S. with misleading evidence.

It is unclear where IS militants would have obtained the weapon.

美军:伊斯兰国迫击炮弹上有化学制剂痕迹

美国之音,2015年8月22日

美国军方说,现场初步检测显示,伊斯兰国极端分子攻击伊拉克库尔德部队使用的迫击炮弹上有化学物质痕迹。

美军准将凯文·吉利亚是打击伊拉克和叙利亚境内伊斯兰国组织军事行动负责人,他说,现场测出11天前攻击行动中使用的迫击炮弹碎片上有芥子毒气。

吉利亚准将说:“上述结果告诉我们的只是有化学物质存在,并没有告诉我们任何其他情况,因此我们还需几个星期的时间来对碎片进行充分测试,确切弄清这些迫击炮弹内外到底含有什么物质,然后做出准确判定,其中可能包括,物质含量,甚至来源地等。”

吉利亚准将请记者不要在正式测试完成前就化学品来源进行猜则。