New US Strikes in Iraq Include Land-based Bombers
By AP | Published: 17th August 2014 11:15 PM |
WASHINGTON — The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.
U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in Mosul. That's a wider array than in previous rounds of airstrikes.
Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forcers have taken over parts of the dam — aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes.
It was less than two weeks ago that militants had captured the dam.
The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday.
The U.S. says Sunday's strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.