Skip to comments.Obama says Iraqi, Kurdish forces have recaptured Mosul Dam with US air support
Posted on 08/19/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Obama announced Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured the vital Mosul Dam -- calling it a "major step forward" in the fight against Islamic State militants who seized the dam earlier this month.
"If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic," Obama said, speaking from the White House briefing room.
The joint military campaign lasted for hours, as U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic militant positions while Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled on the ground to retake the infrastructure. Obama, who spoke during a brief pause in D.C. from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, said thousands of civilians as well as the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad could have been endangered if the dam broke.
He vowed to continue a "long-term strategy" to turn the tide against Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) militants, while continuing to urge the incoming Iraqi government in Baghdad to form an "inclusive" system.
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Good thing they (the terrorists) did not blow the dam before losing it
But I don’t think they will make that mistake again
In other word, Obama wants the new Iraqi government to put the Muslim Brotherhood and “moderate” al -Qaeda members in charge of the government.
"Couldn't have said it better myself."
Are American boots on the ground to facilitate these types of precision bombings? SF?
Dear Reader Barack Obama rushed to medical center for treatment of dislocated shoulder he got from patting himself on the back.
just the thing to piss off the crazies off enough to where they take the dam out.
RE: Are American boots on the ground to facilitate these types of precision bombings? SF?
I believe the boots on the ground were the Kurdish Peshmerga Military. America gave them air support.
I’ve always believed that the Kurds are the only major group America should be supporting. They have proven themselves to be courageous, moderate and tolerant of other religions.
They actually repelled ISIS without our help but almost run out of ammo (because ISIS actually used OUR weapons, tanks and humvees which the stupid Iraqi Sunnis abandoned ).
We need to arm them and help them attain independence.