Occupation of Iraq
US warplanes have pushed back Islamic State fighters threatening Iraq key Haditha dam, witnesses have said.
Reuters quoted Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha, leader of a pro-Iraqi government paramilitary force in western Iraq, as saying Sunday's air strikes were very accurate and there was no collateral damage.
The United States said it launched four air strikes against Islamic State militants threatening the Haditha Dam in western Iraq on Sept. 7, broadening its campaign against the fighters.
It was Washington's first offensive into Iraq's western Anbar province since it started air strikes on Islamic State forces in the north of the country in August.
President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) militants, the White House said on Sept. 2.
A source in Albania's Ministry of Defence, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told BIRN that weapons transfer had begun following a government decision earlier this month.
At least one C-17 US Air Force transport plane, commonly used for the transfer of weapons and ammunition, was seen leaving Tirana’s Mother Teresa Airport on Sunday.