An Iraqi security official said on Sunday Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country’s largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State (Isis) extremist group earlier this month.
General Tawfik Desty told the Associated Press that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and US warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early on Sunday.
Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, which was seized on 7 August, said they now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting is still underway.
The US launched airstrikes against Isisfighters more than a week ago, in a bid to halt its advance across the north. The extremists control vast swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria.
Kurdish forces supported by American warplanes have mounted an offensive to retake Iraq’s largest dam, a formidable hydroelectric complex critical to both power supplies and irrigation in the region, from jihadi fighters, as reports emerged of another grisly episode of mass slaughter perpetrated by the extremists in a village in northern Iraq.
By Agencies in Dohuk and Baghdad
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