U.S. carries out airstrikes near Mosul Dam in Iraq
August 16 , 2014
The U.S. launched airstrikes near the Mosul Dam, which has come under control of the Islamic State forces in northern Iraq. The dam is located about 50 km north of Mosul and extends across the Tigris River.
Mosul Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq and its coming under Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces is a matter of concern. Samantha Power, a U.S. representative, said that ISIS now had “the ability to block the flow of electricity and control access to the water supplies on which people depend."
A joint operation by U.S., Iraqi, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces was launched to recapture the dam early on Saturday 16th August morning, according to reports by CNN and Rudaw, the Turkish news agency.
According to the reports, airstrikes were launched by U.S. and Iraqi aircraft, while Kurdish and Iraqi ground forces launched attacks against ISIS positions around the dam.
Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution to freeze the assets and restrict travel of six financiers of ISIS in order to curb the flow of weapons and funding to ISIS. The U.N. also appointed a team to investigate the recruitment and funding operations of ISIS and gave them 90 days to complete their task and report to the U.N. Security Council.