Iraqi forces battle to secure the country’s second-largest dam from ISIS after U.S. airstrikes open way for a ground offensive

September 8, 2014 2:44 PM

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Iraqi forces battle to secure the country’s second-largest dam from ISIS after U.S. airstrikes open way for a ground offensive

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces battled Sunday to secure the country’s second-largest dam from Islamic State militants after U.S. airstrikes opened the way for a ground offensive, marking an expansion of the American bombing campaign to Anbar, the deadliest province for U.S. troops during the Iraq war.

Iraqi officials said the ground operation, spearheaded by Iraqi counterterrorism forces and backed up by allied tribesmen, troops and local police, was underway Sunday night in the vicinity of Haditha, about 220 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. There, militants have been attempting to seize control ...

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