August 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Mosul Dam
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 20, 2014 —
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of
Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and
attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul
The strikes destroyed or damaged six ISIL Humvees, three IED
emplacements, one mortar tube, and two armed trucks. 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.
Department of Defense confirmed Aug. 18 that Iraqi forces have cleared
and now hold Mosul Dam, and that Iraqi security forces and Kurdish
defense forces are working together to further expand their control of
Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total
of 84 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those 84 strikes, 51 have been in
support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.