US launches air strikes on IS rebels near Mosul dam: Pentagon
Published on Aug 31, 2014 5:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam, the Pentagon said on Saturday.
“The strikes destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, ISIL weapons, and significantly damaged an ISIL building,” a US Defence Department statement said, referring to the IS forces also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.”
The statement put out by US Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, said the strikes were conducted to support Kurdish and Iraqi troops, “as well as to protect critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.”
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