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Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam
CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter

Posted on 08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT by tcrlaf

U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses.

CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET).

The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground.

U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; iraq; isis; jayvee; kurdistan; mosul; mosuldam; peshmerga; yazidi; yazidis

1 posted on 08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

The military advisors must have cooked up this attack plan.

We’ll see how it plays out.


2 posted on 08/15/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: tcrlaf

Why the unilateral action?
Where are our allies?
Why the rush to war?
Why not give sanctions a chance?


3 posted on 08/15/2014 8:18:50 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: tcrlaf

I saw a couple reports here on FR (maybe a week or two ago; sorry, I can’t source a link at this time) that the dam was actually still getting some needed maintenance conducted in lieu of ISIS taking control (continuing maintenance, not ISIS initiated maint).
I wonder if ISIS thinks it will lose control if they don’t blow that damn thing. It is a win/win for them based on their current behavior and I am quite certain they wouldn’t see a loss in creating more chaos.


4 posted on 08/15/2014 8:20:10 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: icwhatudo

“Why the unilateral action?
Where are our allies?
Why the rush to war?
Why not give sanctions a chance?”

A DEMOCRAT is in charge...

This is HUMANITARIAN BOMBING, and only racists (and quite possibly, EVIL CHRISTIANS) would dare to ask such politically-incorrect questions under a Democrat President!


5 posted on 08/15/2014 8:22:03 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Isn’t electricity against their religion?


6 posted on 08/15/2014 8:22:14 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: shotgun

Yep. AK-47’s are haram. Rockets too.


7 posted on 08/15/2014 8:25:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: tcrlaf
But no "Boots on the ground!"

This looks familiar, no?

IMHO, we will have "Boots on the ground" in the ME for the rest of our lives and far beyond. The commie apparatchiks now in control just can't afford to admit it.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 08/15/2014 8:26:02 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: tcrlaf

A-10 attention to their columns would clear this infection up in short order.


9 posted on 08/15/2014 8:33:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“A-10 attention to their columns would clear this infection up in short order.”

But, aren’t we getting rid of those, to free up more money for the EBT Cards of the Democrat Plantation slave voters?


10 posted on 08/15/2014 8:36:32 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf

My point well observed.....


11 posted on 08/15/2014 8:37:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: shotgun

Isn’t pretty much anything modern against their religion?


12 posted on 08/15/2014 8:53:37 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Gee, wouldn’t that be awful if ISIS blows it up?


13 posted on 08/15/2014 8:55:51 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: tcrlaf

It’s Libya all over again! How far into the air offensive did we go before we finally had to stop claiming we were just preventing a massacre of civilians? Several weeks I believe.


14 posted on 08/15/2014 8:56:43 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

If they breach it, the first thing that gets wiped out is Mosul. I doubt they’d want to flood their own city.


15 posted on 08/15/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: tcrlaf

Wait just a damn minute here. I distinctly remember being told that there is not a military solution to the problem. Say it ain’t so, the Messiah has told a lie!


16 posted on 08/15/2014 8:59:28 PM PDT by Flint
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To: icwhatudo

British sources say SAS on the ground and 8 Tornados in action over Iraq as we speaketh cf guardian & telegraph


17 posted on 08/15/2014 9:02:03 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: bunkerhill7

But thats only 1 country. We can not operate without the support of the French, Germans, and Russians. Besides, its all about oil and blackwater anyway.

/s


18 posted on 08/15/2014 9:04:36 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: tcrlaf

ISIS bad guys should/could have explosive charges ready to go at the base of that big dam.


19 posted on 08/15/2014 9:06:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Ghost of SVR4

They don’t have a religion, they have a cult.


20 posted on 08/15/2014 9:08:51 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Demonazi's are openly marching us (Jews, Christians, Conservatives) double time to Holocaust II.)
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To: icwhatudo

I heard Frenchies are rushing HEAVY WEAPONs to the Kurds


21 posted on 08/15/2014 9:10:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: tcrlaf; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


22 posted on 08/15/2014 9:12:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

RATS can’t GOTV on wars we aren’t in. Why aren’t the RATS trumpeting this?


23 posted on 08/15/2014 9:31:09 PM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
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To: tcrlaf

But the Poles put on a big military parade in Warsaw..


24 posted on 08/15/2014 9:33:57 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Did you know that all US Military Vehicles left begin in Iraq use the hides of Hogs for upholstery, and Hog lard for lubrication?

I read it somewhere in a comment that somebody said that he thought that he remembered saying to Senator Reid.

If Senator Reid repeats it on the US Senate floor, then it just has to be true.


25 posted on 08/15/2014 9:40:05 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: tcrlaf

So why wouldn’t ISIS sabotage the dam if they thought they were about to lose control of it? Thus, Bath House would be an accomplice to the death and destruction which would follow takedown of the dam. Fitting.


26 posted on 08/15/2014 10:00:51 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: tcrlaf

Uh, maybe this will cause the ragheads to blow the dam?

The pattern so far is that we come in a day late and a dollar short.


27 posted on 08/15/2014 10:03:18 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Flint

Didn’t Nero just two days ago proclaim our mission of Humanity in Iraq had been completed?


28 posted on 08/15/2014 10:04:40 PM PDT by VRWCarea51 (The original 1998 version)
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To: icwhatudo
Why the unilateral action? Where are our allies? Why the rush to war? Why not give sanctions a chance?

I can only guess.
a) Obama too inept to even try to build a coalition or
b) he failed to build a coalition or
a + b

29 posted on 08/15/2014 10:05:22 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: shotgun

Bathing and deodorant are against their religion. I”m not so sure about electricity though.


30 posted on 08/15/2014 10:13:18 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: tcrlaf
Good move. That dam has to be taken before we can clean out ISIS from Iraq. They would have blown it as they went down in defeat.
31 posted on 08/15/2014 10:34:04 PM PDT by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: tcrlaf

They killed two trucks


32 posted on 08/15/2014 10:38:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: Sequoyah101

Too bad we cannot electrify their showers.


33 posted on 08/15/2014 11:10:38 PM PDT by 22202NOVA (Tagline? I don't need no stinking tagline!)
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To: tcrlaf

Where is congressional approval???.....oh wait not needed anymore to bomb or invade or start UP a new war.

Where the hell are the nut-less GOP on this? This is not HUMANITARIAN?????

Obama was only going to RESCUE the CHILDREN....

Now we are providing air cover for a countries military that will run at the drop of a hat and rely on it’s women to do the fighting....


34 posted on 08/16/2014 2:03:16 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: Slump Tester

Gee, wouldn’t that be awful if ISIS blows it up?

Obama fears this. Would not look good if millions of folks are
drowned while he is playing golf or sneaking off with Reggie.


35 posted on 08/16/2014 3:38:06 AM PDT by bytesmith
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To: 22202NOVA

You’re assumiming they use them.


36 posted on 08/16/2014 3:41:23 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: tcrlaf

What will be the “world opinion” when a US bomb accidentally blows the dam?


37 posted on 08/16/2014 8:21:43 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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FReepers, Let's go!
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38 posted on 08/16/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Odd that the “Sunni” ISIS didn’t blow the dam at Mosul (and reportedly, all it would take is to shut down some machines that continuously pump concrete into the eroding bedrock), since most of the population downstream is Shiite. Why, it’s almost as if...


39 posted on 08/16/2014 9:40:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tcrlaf

I’d wager ISIS already has the damn rigged with explosives. Like Saddam did his oil wells.


40 posted on 08/16/2014 11:24:40 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: shotgun

Same as the Amish and our own envirofreeks? So blow it-—all he way back to the rest of the 12th century.


41 posted on 08/16/2014 12:34:05 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: 22202NOVA

Ah, C’mon, THINK——how the bleep are we going to get the goat humpers into a SHOWER. They’re still skeered of flush terlets.


42 posted on 08/16/2014 12:39:29 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: icwhatudo; Ghost of SVR4; 2ndDivisionVet; no-to-illegals; All

If I were the US military I would not want to give ISIS time to wire the dam with explosives. This is a hugely important water and electric dam. The disasterous effects would suck us even much more than we already are with rescues and rebuilding not to mention still trying to get rid of ISIS.


43 posted on 08/16/2014 7:46:40 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: shotgun

not sure, but you might be thinking about toilet paper...or flush toilets...or medicine


44 posted on 08/17/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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To: bkopto

My understanding is that destroying the dam would destroy Mosul, which they still hold, as well as Baghdad, which they hope to seize.


45 posted on 08/17/2014 5:12:05 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: tcrlaf
It will take more than "strategic" airstrikes in the war against Islamists.

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46 posted on 08/17/2014 6:46:59 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: icwhatudo

Why not give diplomacy a chance? /s


47 posted on 08/19/2014 12:23:19 AM PDT by QT3.14 (USA born 7.4.1776 fathered by geniuses - died 11.4.2008 (Suicide) by idiots and traitors)
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48 posted on 08/21/2014 12:11:43 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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