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U.S. expands attacks on Islamic State as Iraqi forces move to reclaim villages near Haditha
 
09/07/2014 3:59:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
Miami Herald ^ | September 7, 2014 | By Roy Gutman
The United States on Sunday expanded its air war against Islamic extremists in Iraq, sending fighter jets to attack targets near the Haditha Dam in coordination with ground forces from the Shiite Muslim-dominated Iraqi military and local Sunni Muslim tribes. The U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement that U.S. combat aircraft destroyed four Islamic State Humvees, four armed vehicles, two of which were carrying anti-aircraft artillery, one fighting position, and one command post. It’s not clear whether the collaboration, coordinated by the U.S. military with the Shiite-dominated central government, will set a precedent. Still, the timing...
 

US launches new airstrikes against ISIS in western Iraq [To keep Haditha Dam ]
 
09/07/2014 12:50:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
Fox News ^ | September 07, 2014
The U.S. has launched fresh airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, in an effort to keep the Haditha Dam in western Iraq in the hands of that country's army. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed the airstrikes in a statement issued early Sunday, saying that the strikes destroyed five Humvees, an armed vehicle, and a checkpoint. The strikes also damaged a militant bunker. Kirby also said that the U.S. had carried out one airstrike that destroyed an ISIS humvee at the crucial Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. Sunday's strikes bring the total number...
 
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