U.S. continues airstrikes against IS force in north Iraq
U.S. military forces continued to attack the Islamic State (IS) force in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes Sunday and Monday near the Mosul Dam, according to a statement of U.S. Central Command on Monday.
The strikes destroyed three IS trucks, severely damaged another, destroyed an IS armed vehicle, and destroyed a mortar position near the Mosul Dam, the statement said, adding that all aircraft exited the strike area safely.
These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives, it said.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 123 airstrikes across Iraq.
The White House said Monday that its latest round of airstrikes in Iraq are "consistent" with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- "to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground."
Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama said he had authorized U. S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the town of Amirli, where thousands of Shia Turkomen have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by the IS force.
In his latest War Powers Resolution sent to Congress, Obama noted that the U.S. Air Force delivered aid to the town, alongside aircraft from Australia, France and the United Kingdom, which also dropped supplies.
These operations are limited in their nature, duration, and scope and are being undertaken in coordination with and at the request of Iraq's government, the president added.