Islamic State's Days Numbered in Iraq — UN Official

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Prisoners had their food and water contaminated by the sprinkling of chemicals found in easily accessible pesticides.

The documents show that researchers fed one of the prisoners thalium sulphate, and he died a painful death 10 days later after suffering from brain swelling.

Thallium sulphate is available for sale in many countries, including the United States, and is commonly used as a rat poison.

In the documents, ISIS described the chemical as an "ideal lethal poison" and claimed to be in "possession of an ample amount of the solution to fill demands".

Ingredients for this poison are usually contained in cigarettes and vaping supplies, and are also widely available.

Chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Times: "This is a horrifying throwback to the Nazis who would test nerve agents on live humans". We know ISIS is willing to use chemical weapons.

Arabic-language notes detailing experiments with thallium sulfate and "a nicotine-based compound" were reportedly discovered hidden inside the University of Mosul by an Iraqi special forces unit during the current operation to recapture the city, which has been under the control of the radical Islamist group since 2014.

The last handful of neighborhoods held by the Islamic State in Mosul will likely be the most hard to retake despite almost eight months of street-by-street fighting, the USA officer in charge of advising Iraqi forces in the area predicted.

This week it emerged that a cell is working on its chemical arsenal within the Euphrates River Valley.

He said the liberation of Mosul, the extremist group's last significant stronghold in Iraq, is "imminent" and that "operations are shifting to remaining areas and pockets of [IS] presence, including along the borders with Syria".

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