U.S. airstrikes hit Haditha Dam in western Iraq

07/09/2014 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): The United States launched its first air strikes in Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland, bombing militants near a key dam on the Euphrates River, the U.S. military said on Sunday.“At the request of the government of Iraq, US military forces attacked ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorists near Haditha in Anbar province in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha dam,” the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.“We conducted these strikes to prevent terrorists from further threatening the security of the dam, which remains under control of Iraqi Security Forces, with support from Sunni tribes,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement…





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