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Kurdish forces retake parts of Mosul Dam


08-18-2014 09:32 BJT

Kurdish forces have retaken parts of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, from the hold of the extremist militant group the Islamic State.

According to a Kurdish commander, his forces are now in control of the eastern parts. Another commander later said they also have control of a nearby town, but were hindered by roadside bombs planted by the militants. 

He said the troops are advancing slowly and waiting for mechanized bomb-disposal units sent by Iraqi military. The Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, launched the operation against the Islamic State militants early Sunday and was aided by Iraqi and US warplanes. 

The Mosul dam is Iraq’s largest dam, supplying much of the country with electricity and water. It was captured by the Islamic State earlier this month.

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