At least 10 people have been killed, and a further 20 wounded, following a suicide bombing, claimed by Islamic State, in northern Syria.
No-one was hurt in Tuesday’s attack on the Qayyarah air base near the IS stronghold of Mosul.
Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of US joint chiefs of staff, said the group’s capability to deliver chemical weapons was rudimentary.
But the attack, he added, was a “concerning development”.
IS has long been suspected of making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, where it also controls territory.
Gen Dunford told the US Senate armed services committee on Thursday that the rocket had contained a “sulphur-mustard blister agent”.
Mustard agent in sufficient quantities can maim or kill by damaging skin, eyes and airways.
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has been under IS control for the past two years and the battle to retake it is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
US troops are providing assistance to local forces as they prepare for the offensive.
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