IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces have recaptured part of Iraq’s largest dam, with the help of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes.
But a Kurdish commander says his fighting forces are so poorly armed that they won’t be able to hold onto captured territory without a fast infusion of weapons or additional U.S. airstrikes.
The Mosul Dam was captured by Islamic State militants earlier this month. The dam on the Tigris supplies electricity and water to a large part of Iraq.
Retaking the entire dam and the territory surrounding its reservoir would be a significant victory against the Islamic State group, which has seized swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria.
The U.S. military says it carried out 14 airstrikes in the area today, damaging or destroying 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near the dam.