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Iraqi forces reclaim control of Mosul Dam


08-19-2014 10:14 BJT

An army spokesman says Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, from Islamic State militants. 

The dam on the Tigris River is the largest in Iraq, supplying electricity and water to a large part of the country. It was captured by the militants less than two weeks ago. Iraqi military officials say their operation to retake the dam was backed by aerial support, but didn’t specify whether there were US airstrikes during the battle. 

The Pentagon says US fighter jets and drones have conducted 15 airtrikes around the dam, destroying check points and armoured vehicles of the militants. The recapture of the entire Mosul Dam complex and the territory surrounding its reservoir is a significant victory against the Islamic State Sunni insurgent group. The militants have seized control of large swaths of northern and western Iraq since this summer. 

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