The White House sent a letter to Congress on Sunday saying that its air campaign in Iraq “is consistent with the president’s directive that the U.S. military protect U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

U.S. airstrikes again pounded Islamic militant positions Monday in support of Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters battling to wrest control of the vital Mosul Dam, amid conflicting claims over whether the structure was back in government hands.

A senior official in the peshmerga forces told Fox News earlier Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish troops had regained control of the dam. Another official told The Associated Press the troops “fully liberated” the dam Monday and “hoisted the Iraqi flag over it.”

But a senior U.S. Defense official later told Fox News the fighting, and U.S. airstrikes, continue.

“It’s not over yet,” the official said. “We knew this would be long.”

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