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Moscow concerned with facts of chlorine being used as weapon by Islamic State militants

March 16, 2015, 17:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Moscow assumes that these facts should be given due attention

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MOSCOW, March 16 /TASS/. New details of toxic chemical agents application by the Islamic State militants in northern Iraq is a source of great concern, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"Moscow has been seriously concerned with reports about new tragic details of the terrorist activities of the Islamic State militants in the Kurdish Autonomous Region (KAR) in Iraq," the ministry said.

"‘The analysis of samples of soil and clothes taken at the blast site of the explosive-stuffed car which an Islamic State suicide bomber blew up in northern Iraq in January 2015 revealed a level of chlorine content that makes it possible to claim that the chemical substance had been used as a weapon," the KAR government said in a recently issued statement.

The samples were examined in a certified laboratory in a European Union country at the KAR government’s request.

"Moscow assumes that these facts should be given due attention. The more so that previously there have been numerous reports about the use of chemical agents by anti-government terrorist groups based in the territories of Iraq and Syria," the Russian diplomats said.

"Such actions deserve most resolute condemnation and provide yet another proof of the need to coordinate the world community’s efforts designed to continue consistent and full-blast struggle against terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

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