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U.S. Expands Air Strikes In Iraq

Iraqi security forces ride in the back of a truck on the main road between Baghdad and Kirkuk on September 3, 2014, after securing the area from Islamic-State militants. Iraqi forces say US airstrikes on IS militants near Haditha Dam in Anbar Province have been effective. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi security forces ride in the back of a truck on the main road between Baghdad and Kirkuk on September 3, 2014, after securing the area from Islamic-State militants. Iraqi forces say US airstrikes on IS militants near Haditha Dam in Anbar Province have been effective. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time, U.S. planes have attacked ISIS targets in the western province of Anbar.

Iraqi troops say the strikes helped clear ISIS fighters from the area around the strategic Haditha Dam.

Some analysts believe this could be a turning point in the fight and it comes ahead of President Barack Obama’s speech on Iraq on Wednesday.

Ahmed Ali, a senior researcher on Iraq at the Institute for the Study of War joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the airstrikes.

Guest

  • Ahmed Ali, leader of the Iraq Team at the Institute For The Study Of War. He tweets @IraqShamel.

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