Officials: US forces capture head of ISIS' chemical weapons unit

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BAGHDAD -- Two senior Iraqi intelligence officials say U.S. special forces in Iraq captured the head of the Islamic State group's chemical weapons unit in a raid last month.

The officials have told The Associated Press that the man, Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, once worked for Saddam Hussein's now-dissolved Military Industrialization Authority specializing in chemical and biological weapons.

They say he heads the Islamic State group's chemical weapons branch. The officials, who have first-hand knowledge of the individual and of the IS chemical program, spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

No confirmation was available from U.S. officials.

The Islamic State group is believed to have developed and used mustard gas in Iraq and Syria.