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Video: U.S. hits militants near Iraq’s Mosul Dam

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Iraqi troops, combined with Kurdish forces from the northern part of Iraq, have launched a ground offensive in an attempt to take back Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. They have key assistance, though: The U.S. military continues to pound militant positions and targets, and, in the past few days, has turned to target areas around the dam.

The stakes are high: The Islamic State has had control of the dam, Iraq’s largest, for about 10 days. If the militants decided to destroy it, it could flood portions of the country as far south as Baghdad.

Here’s what two airstrikes Saturday looked like, according to video just released by U.S. Central Command. The first took out an armed truck, while the second took out a militant Humvee, U.S. military officials said. It’s likely they were conducted by U.S. drones, perhaps Predator aircraft.

U.S. military officials said they launched nine airstrikes on Saturday and 14 more on Sunday, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and drones.

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.

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