Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. fighter jets and armed drones bombed 14 vehicles of Islamic State (IS) fighters near Mosul dam in northern Iraq Saturday and Sunday allowing Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the eastern half of the facility from the extremists.
Fourteen airstrikes were launched Sunday morning destroying 19 IS military vehicles and a checkpoint, the Pentagon said. There was no casualty report.
The airstrikes came after nine U.S. bombing raids near Arbil and Mosul dam on Saturday. The raids were confirmed by the U.S. Central Command in a statement issued Saturday.
A few hundred IS fighters seized the dam on Aug. 7 as part of its bid to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. IS fighters were also moving towards Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdish region before their advance was stopped by U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi and peshmerga ground troops.
The Mosul dam is 90 miles west of Erbil, where U.S. military and civilian personnel are working. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the airstrikes were meant to protect the Americans, too.