In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.
Boosted by two days of US airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.
Iraq state TV says Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops have retaken Mosul dam from Islamic militants.
President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans.
US President Barack Obama told Congress on Sunday that the “limited” airstrikes he has authorized on Iraq to retake its largest dam from militants protected US interests there.