Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds claim capture of strategic dam




 
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August 18th, 2014  
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Topic: Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds claim capture of strategic dam


By Ahmed Rasheed and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish forces said they recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants on Monday, as the United States launched air strikes to secure what has become a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country. An employee at the site, however, said Islamic State fighters still held the Mosul Dam, giving them control over power and water supplies and where any breach of the vulnerable structure would threaten thousands of lives. U.S. fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes on Islamic State positions near the dam, the Pentagon said. As fighting intensified, Islamic State militants were said to have killed dozens of Kurdish fighters and captured 170 of them, according to a Twitter site that supports the group.




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