Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Friday, January 30, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: August 15, 2014 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Air strikes hit militants at Iraqi dam



IRBIL, Iraq — Air strikes pounded the area around Iraq’s largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.
Residents near the Mosul Dam said that the area was being targeted by airstrikes, but it was not immediately clear whether the attacks were being carried out by Iraq’s air force or the U.S., which last week launched an air campaign aimed at halting the advance of the Islamic State group across the country’s north.
The extremist group seized the dam on the Tigris River on Aug. 7. Residents near the dam say the airstrikes killed militants, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
Meanwhile, a Yazidi lawmaker and a Kurdish security official said Islamic State fighters massacred scores of Yazidi men Friday afternoon after seizing the village of Kocho.
Both said they based their information on the accounts of survivors and warned that the minority group remains in danger despite U.S. aid drops and airstrikes launched to protect them.
Islamic State fighters besieged the village for several days and gave its Yazidi residents a deadline to convert to Islam, Yazidi lawmaker Mahma Khalil said Saturday.
“When the residents refused to do this, the massacre took place,” he said.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Promos for Sunday
arrow Prospect man is cleared
arrow Property owners will receive up to $5M in Route 228 project
arrow Balloon crew surpasses old record
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow District attorney pulls back offer of lie detector test
arrow Mother catches baby dropped from window of burning house
arrow Film crew to shoot at Butler Memorial
arrow Molestation case hinges on lie detector test