US Hit 90 Targets in Mosul Dam Fight: Pentagon
President calls recapture of dam a 'major step forward'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2014 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Aug 18, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

(Newser) – President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam today as a "major step forward" as a barrage of US airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants. Obama also urged the badly fractured and largely dysfunctional Iraqi government to move quickly to forge a united front and give hope to Sunni tribes who've been marginalized. Obama noted last week's decision by Nouri al-Maliki to step down as Iraq's prime minister, a move that raised hopes a new government could roll back Iraq's powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart. "They've got to get this done because the wolf's at the door," the president said.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the US had conducted 35 airstrikes in the area of the Mosul dam since Saturday: "In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions," he said. "Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control." US Central Command said American fighters, bombers, and drone aircraft conducted 15 strikes today around the dam, hitting Islamic State fighting positions as well as an anti-aircraft artillery gun and other weaponry of the group that has captured wide swaths northern and western Iraq this summer.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 20, 2014 9:13 AM CDT
So could it be in the end that ISIS was a gift to Iraq in that it was the necessary catalyst to get the factions together and form a united whatever and that will lead to a new workable government arrangement? The total basackwards thing about all this is Iran joining in with the goal of defeating ISIS. There have been some engagements where Iranian assets joined with US assets against ISIS. File that in the dableep dableep section.
baldpirate
Aug 19, 2014 9:05 AM CDT
Do we get a set of steak knives when we hit 100 ? ? ?
Lou Bernardo
Aug 19, 2014 8:31 AM CDT
Amusing that Obamanation is telling Iraq how to run their government when our government is in far worse condition as none of the problems are being addressed by a Congress on recess and Obamanation is off again on a vacation playing golf. The "man" is a joke.