The following video shows two of the nine US airstrikes carried out on Saturday against Islamic State targets near Mosul.
Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi Security Forces, and US Special Operations troops have been battling the Islamic State for control of the Mosul Dam. The dam is the largest in Iraq and is of importance as it is one of the main water collection points in the region. Fears have also risen that the Islamic State could sabotage the structural integrity of the dam, sending a deadly wave down the Tigris River towards Mosul. Those fears are substantiated because earlier in the year ISIS did just that with the Fallujah dam, resulting in the flooding of several villages.
Reports indicate that US airstrikes and skirmishes with government forces have sent IS militants fleeing from the surrounding areas. However, news sources differ in their reports as to whether the dam has been retaken or not. New York Times reported that Iraqi Special Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga were in command of the dam, a story that conflicts with the Al-Jazeera articlein which the Islamic State said that it was still very much in control of the structure. The dam is believed to be heavily booby trapped. ~Will @ Funker530