Iraqi forces reclaim control of Mosul Dam

Aug 18, 2014 8:05 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's army spokesman says security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country's largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago.

He says the troops were backed by aerial support but he doesn't specify whether there were U.S. airstrikes during the battle. Iraqi state TV also reports the capture.

Iraq's recapturing of the entire Mosul Dam complex on the Tigris River and the territory surrounding its reservoir is a significant victory against the Islamic State group, which seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq this summer.

The dam supplies electricity and water to a large part of the country.


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