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New strikes in Iraq on Saturday and Sunday

(B2) US aircraft carried out fresh airstrikes on Saturday and Sunday against ISIL/ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) forces in support of security forces and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha dams and Mosul, US Central Command said in several statements issued on Sunday.


Combined bomber and fighter patrols carried out 4 airstrikes on Saturday. "5 ISIL Humvees were destroyed, along with an armed vehicle and an ISIL checkpoint." An ISIL bunker was “ damaged ". Another attack carried out, close Mosul Dam, in support forces Iraqi security forces protecting the barrage, allowing " d'to damage 1 Humvee of the'ISIL”.


Cinq air raids were carried out near the dam. Active: " the destruction of 4 Humvees et 4 vehicles armed of the'HEAT - including two wore guns ofArtillerie anti-aircraft -, posed of fight, a command post et un position of combat defensive of ISIL.

As long as needed

All devices left the zones of intervention « safely » we say in Tampa. And " we will continue " has explained the Pentagon spokesman, Rear-Admiral Kirby! The objective is clear: conduct operations as long as needed (to come in) support of Iraqi security forces et the sunni tribes, who are working to protect the Haditha dam”.

A strategic dam

Powered by water from theEuphrates, the dam of Haditha is le second in importance after the dam from Mosul in hydroelectric production for Iraq; he supplies electricity et freshwater to millions ofIraqis. " La loss of control from the dam ou a catastrophic failure from the dam - et flooding that could result - would threaten staff and US facilities in and around Baghdad, as well as thousands Iraqi citizens " highlighted Kirby.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).