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Obama announces ‘major step forward’ in Iraq

President Obama on Monday hailed the capture of the Mosul Dam after U.S. airstrikes, calling it “a major step forward" in the battle against Sunni extremists in Iraq.

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"The Mosul Dam fell under terrorist control earlier this month, and is directly tied to our objective of protecting Americans in Iraq," Obama said at the White House. "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic, with floods that would've threatened the lives of thousands of civilians and endanger our embassy compound in Baghdad."

The president said the success of the mission, which saw U.S. strikes assist Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces, was evidence "that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are capable of working together and taking the fight to" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Obama warned leaders in Iraq that "the wolf's at the door" and said they need to provide a credible and inclusive government to push back ISIS's advances.

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