American officials say the Daesh Takfiri group may resort to launching chemical attacks in the fight to hold its grip on Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.
Speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, multiple American sources said Tuesday that attacks involving chemical agents are possible, given the terror group’s previous record of such attempts.
Tuesday marked the second day of military operations by the Iraqi army, volunteer Shia and Sunni fighters as well as Kurdish Peshmerga forces to liberate the city of Mosul, the last stronghold of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, which they overran in June 2014.
US forces are also taking part in the operation, where they remain in the “harm’s way,” as put by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Monday.
The unnamed US officials cautioned of possible use of chemical weapons by Daesh, yet arguing that the group has limited capability in this regard.
“Given ISIL’s reprehensible behavior and flagrant…