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Immediate Release

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby

Aug. 18, 2014

Over the past 72 hours, at the request of the Iraqi government, the U.S.
military used fighters, bombers, attack, and unmanned aircraft to conduct
35 strikes that eliminated ISIL positions in and around the Mosul Dam
complex. In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of
vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions. Iraqi forces have cleared the
dam and are working to further expand their area of control. Secretary
Hagel remains extraordinarily proud of the men and women serving on land
and sea who conducted these operations. He knows they stand ready to
continue such missions as needed. Secretary Hagel also commends the way in
which Iraqi forces worked together in this operation. It reflects the
growing determination of Iraqis to fight back against ISIL.