Pentagon confirms striking IS chemical weapons capabilities

WASHINGTON (TIP): The Pentagon confirmed on March 10 that intelligence from a captured Islamic State chemical weapons expert had led to US-led coalition airstrikes against the group’s chemical weapons production facilities.

Calling Sulayman Dawud al-Bakkar, also known as Abu Dawud, as IS’s “emir of chemical and traditional weapons manufacturing”, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said at a briefing that his capture by US special forces in Iraq in February offered information that yielded almost immediate results, Xinhua reported.

“The information has resulted in multiple coalition airstrikes that have disrupted and degraded Isis’ ability to produce chemical weapons, and will continue to inform our operations into the future,” said Cook.

Dawud was transferred on Thursday into Iraqi custody after interrogation, added Cook.

The spokesman refused to elaborate on the airstrikes. He acknowledged that¬†at this point the US-led coalition was unable to curtail IS’s chemical weapons capability entirely, and additional operations would be carried out.

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