TBILISI - The United States
has begun carrying out air strikes near Iraq's Haditha Dam
which was under threat from Islamic State militants, a US defense official said on Sunday.
"At the request of the Iraqi government
and in keeping with our mission to protect US personnel and facilities, US military planes have begun striking ISIL terrorists near the Haditha Dam
," said the official who declined to be identified.
"These strikes are being conducted to prevent the terrorists from further threatening Iraqi security forces in control of the dam."