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US airpower supports Peshmerga, Iraqi forces to retake Mosul Dam

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

President Obama said the US is pursuing a "longterm strategy" against the Islamic State, and yesterday invoked the War Powers Act to justify authorizing airstrikes against Islamic State militants threatening Iraq's Mosul Dam; the Pentagon has conducted 40 airstrikes since Aug. 16 to support operations of Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga to retake the complex. The State Department designated Said Arif a.k.a. Omar Gharib, an Al Nusrah Front leader, and Abu Muhammed al Adnani, an Islamic State leader and spokesman, as global terrorists. The USS Cape Ray finished neutralizing all 600 metric tons of Syria's most lethal chemical weapons components. The FAA prohibited US airlines from flying over Syria, and warned that extremist groups in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons are opposed to the provision of civil air service to Syria. The Islamic State posted a brief video on social media threatening Americans that it will "drown all of you in blood" if US airstrikes hit IS fighters.

UK prime minister: Our generational struggle against a poisonous ideology

Plight of Iraqi Minorities Worsens With Forced Conversions and Killings

US airstrikes at Mosul Dam likely offensive in nature

ISIS leader flees to Syria fearing US airstrikes: Kurdish official

Terror finance worries may curb Doha kidnap mediation

Lebanon - Three hotspots could erupt into violence

Maliki finally steps aside as Iraq Sunni leader sees US help

Despite US Claims, Yazidis Say Crisis Is Not Over

Obama administration shows little urgency for stemming Islamic State violence

After US troops' assessment mission, rescue on Sinjar 'far less likely'

Why is Turkey supporting Islamic State fighters in Iraq?--commentary

Iraq crisis: International boost to arms and aid supply

Disrupt ISIS's Cash Flow in Iraq

Defense Secretary Hagel said 130 more US military assessment team members were sent to northern Iraq today; there are currently 250 US military advisers already in Iraq, along with 450 security forces, and 100 troops guarding the US Embassy in Baghdad. A Pentagon official said the US is conducting 50-60 sorties a day in Iraq but that the US airstrikes so far have had minimal impact on the Islamic State. North Carolina resident Donald Ray Morgan, 44, who was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Aug. 2 on his return from Lebanon, was ordered to be held without bail last week; he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and is suspected of arms trafficking.

In Turkey, a late crackdown on Islamist fighters

New details on Afghan insider attack that killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene

US airstrikes have had 'a very temporary effect' on Islamic State

US military role in its 3rd Iraq conflict unlikely to accomplish much