U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.
The strikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.
Since Aug. 8, Centcom has conducted a total of 93 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those 93 strikes, 60 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.
(Editor’s Note: Videos of two U.S. military targeted airstrikes conducted Aug. 18 against ISIL targets in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam are now available at the following links:
— http://youtu.be/M1FlcbDEslM — Video of an ISIL armored personnel carrier being struck; and
— http://youtu.be/OQdjrotXZMU — Video of a moving ISIL armed truck or “technical” being struck.)