Kurdish forces retake parts of Mosul Dam

August 17, 2014 07:07 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:42 pm IST - IRBIL, Iraq

This October 31, 2007 photo shows a general view of the Mosul Dam. An Iraqi security official on Sunday said Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the dam.

This October 31, 2007 photo shows a general view of the Mosul Dam. An Iraqi security official on Sunday said Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the dam.

An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.

Gen. Tawfik Desty told The Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.

Gen. Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, which was seized on August 7, 2014 said they now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting is still underway.

The U.S. launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group more than a week ago in a bid to halt its advance across the north. The extremists control vast swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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