Yesterday, the Peshmerga Forces (Kurdish Militia) were able to storm Islamic State positions on the eastern perimeter of the Mosul Dam, successfully capturing part of the facility. This morning, Iraqi Special Forces (Golden Brigade) in conjunction with the Peshmerga Forces, were able to infiltrate the remaining I.S. positions and retake the Mosul Dam. The Islamic State was unable to counter the initial wave of attacks by the Peshmerga Forces, due to the U.S. Air Force’s continued aerial bombardment of I.S. convoys attempting to reinforce the militants.
The news of the Mosul Dam’s liberation comes one week after the Iraqi Army was able to liberate the Haditha Dam in the Anbar Province. The Iraqi Army and Peshmerga Forces are still engaging the Islamic State outside of the Mosul Dam facility; however, the I.S. is retreating west. Many military analysts believe that the U.S. involvement has boosted the Iraqi Army’s success on the ground with their strategic airstrikes. The U.S. Government has not announced the dissipation or halting of airstrikes, but the Obama Administration has expressed its confidence in the Iraqi Army’s military capabilities.