The Iraqi army has retaken from Islamist insurgents a sprawling complex where aging remnants of late President Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program are stored in bunkers, the country’s deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

Islamic State militants, who had seized the area during a lightning offensive last June, were not able to penetrate the fortified bunkers, Mohammad Jawad Al-Doraky told delegates at a chemical weapons conference in The Hague.

He said Iraqi government forces had now managed to oust Islamic State from the compound, where two sealed bunkers contain stockpiles of old chemicals, rockets and equipment. […]