A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon at his combat position near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Aug 17, 2014. and Iraqi planes aided their advance by bombing militant targets near the facility. began targeting fighters from the Islamic State with airstrikes Aug. 8, allowing Kurdish forces to fend off an advance on their regional capital of Irbil and to help tens of thousands of members of religious minorities escape the extremists' onslaught.
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Another commander confirmed the information, saying that by Sunday evening, peshmerga forces had crossed the Tigris to the broad plains held by the Islamic State. military conducted 14 airstrikes Sunday, damaging or destroying 10 Air Force White Low
Echoing a complaint by other commanders, he said the peshmerga lacked the firepower to pierce Humvee armor, adding that they needed to be closer than 330 feet (100 meters) from the vehicle with an RPG in order to destroy it. He said the weapons mounted on Humvees typically allowed militants to stay back 1,300 feet (400 meters).
A spokesman for the peshmerga said the clashes were moving eastward.
"The west is in control of peshmerga. But there are some battles taking place in the (east) right now," said Halgurd Hekmat, peshmerga spokesman.
"We don't have the right weapons," he said.
The commander said the evening advance occurred after the Iraqi government delivered 16 military Humvees, at least one with a mechanized bomb disposal unit that was dismantling the roadside explosives. Nike Air Force Beige Suede airstrikes.
Recapturing the entire Mosul 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 dam on the Tigris supplies electricity and water to a large part of the country.
Troubled relations between the Kurds and the central government in Baghdad have hindered the supply of arms to the force, leaving them overstretched and outgunned as the Islamic State group advanced.
The Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, launched the operation early Sunday to retake the Mosul Dam, said Gen. and Iraqi airstrikes pushed back Islamic State fighters.
"They have reached inside the dam. There is no fighting, just the (roadside) bombs, and the abandoned buildings are all rigged with explosives," he said. "We will continue to advance and advance until we are given further instruction."
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Those seizures led to the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis, Christians and Kurds into safer, Kurdish held areas, and threatened to march onto Irbil itself. airstrikes, the first American military involvement in Iraq since its troops pulled out in 2011. officials also said they would begin supplying weapons to Kurdish forces and said they had already been giving them some automatic rifles and ammunition.
armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint, according to a statement by the Central Command. On Saturday, it carried out nine airstrikes near the dam, destroying four armored personnel carriers, seven armed vehicles, two Humvees and another armored vehicle, the command said.
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bombs and buildings rigged with explosives, planted by retreating Islamic State fighters, he said.
The militants also took over villages near Irbil inhabited by Christians, and two Kurdish towns, Makhmour and Gweir.
The peshmerga, the fighting force of the largely autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, surrounded the Islamic State held city of Tel Kayf after taking the nearby town of Tel Kasouf, said the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.
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