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U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Battle to
Retake Iraq´s Mosul Dam From ISIS

NBC News, by Staff

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Posted By:FlyRight, 8/16/2014 9:13:46 AM

U.S. fighter planes pounded targets in northern Iraq as a joint military operation kicked off to retake the country´s largest dam from ISIS militants, officials said. U.S. military officials said FA-18 fighter bombers and armed drones were launching airstrikes and offering air cover to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting to regain control of the Mosul Dam. ISIS fighters seized the dam on the Tigris River on Aug. 7 as part of an offensive that has seen large swaths of Iraq fall to the Sunni militants. Sources told NBC News the decision to try retaking the dam came after intelligence showed ISIS

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/16/2014 10:19:00 AM     (No. 9968127)

What do you want to bet that one side or the other blows up the dam. I trust our military, but not our supposed CIC.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/16/2014 10:34:08 AM     (No. 9968141)

I second what # 1 said.
How can NBC News blithely write this as if
it´s perfectly acceptable
behavior for a Commander in Chief ???!!!
" The Mosul Dam is critical to Iraqi´s entire infrastructure, so much so President Obama
flagged its control as a key concern a week ago
as he took off for vacation in Martha´s Vineyard."
ISIS took control of the dam on August 7, but , obviously Barry didn´t notice .
Too busy playing golf , dancing and
having " a good time ".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/16/2014 10:36:27 AM     (No. 9968145)

That dam was so badly engineered and constructed that it wouldn´t take much to bring it down.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: toddh, 8/16/2014 10:59:18 AM     (No. 9968179)

#1 - Not ISIS. They´d have to exhaust their petard against it. (Funny cartoon image.) As it stands, the dam is itself a weapon. They´re crazy, but not that crazy. I´ll bet a quatloo ;-)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/16/2014 2:28:36 PM     (No. 9968377)

ISIS has recently been demonized in the Western media as being as evil and as tough as the Nazis or Stalin. If they are, and are knowledgeable about strategy, they will blow up the dam rather then surrender it to the Iraqis and the Kurds.

If ISIS simply surrenders the dam and runs off back into Syria, we will know that they are as inherently weak, and are only tough when they are brutal against defenseless people. That is a recipe to bomb ISIS back into the Stone Age as happened to the Taliban at the start of the fighting in Afghanistan.

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