Monday, August 18, 2014

Intensified U.S. bombing in Iraq appears to give Kurds boost at dam

www.latimes.com  August 17, 2014
By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL, DAVID S. CLOUD
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Bashiqa, northest of Mosul, on Saturday. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye /AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdish Iraqi fighters took back much of a strategic dam in northern Iraq as the United States stepped up its bombardment of Islamic militant positions in the region, Kurdish officials said Sunday. [...]

Kurds on Sunday also took back several towns and villages from the militants, including Tel Skuf, according to news reports in Iraq. [...]

Kurdish fighters, who retreated this month in the face of the extremist advance, have said they are outgunned by the Islamic State fighters. Kurdish authorities have requested additional arms, including heavy weapons, from the United States and Europe.

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