U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Iraq dam -Pentagon

by Reuters
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:37 GMT

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. military conducted airstrikes on Monday on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said.

A mix of U.S. fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes, which damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armored vehicle, a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, a checkpoint and an improvised explosive device emplacement belt, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Since Aug. 8, the U.S. military has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Of those 68 strikes, 35 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Susan Heavey)