Kurdish forces said Sunday they have recaptured some areas around the critical Mosul dam. But the Islamists have seeded the area with roadside bombs which they threaten to detonate, making progress slow. The US military launched 14 air strikes around the dam Sunday, according to US Central Command, in an expansion of the US role in the conflict.
After IS massacred hundreds of Yazidis and abducted their women when they overran their villages in northern Iraq, hundreds of Yazidi volunteers are being trained for combat at Kurdish bases in northeast Syria on the border of Iraqi Kurdistan. They are learning how to use assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades against the jihadis.