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Pentagon Confirms Retaking of Mosul Dam

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:51:18 +0000

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images(MOSUL, Iraq) -- Late Monday night the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the Mosul Dam had been retaken from militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, noting that 35 U.S. airstrikes "eliminated [ISIS] positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex."

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that more than 90 targets were destroyed, including vehicles, equipment and fighting positions. The airstrikes also allowed Iraqi forces to successfully clear the dam and work to expand their area of control.

Kirby also reiterated that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was "extraordinarily proud of the men and women serving on land and sea who conducted these operations."

Kirby's statement also noted that the way in which Iraqi forces worked during the operation "reflects the growing determination of Iraqis to fight back against [ISIS]."

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