BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamist militants who captured it less than two weeks ago, an official said on Monday. Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi told The Associated Press that Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi anti-terrorism troops retook the dam on Monday.
Al-Mousawi said the troops were backed by aerial support. Iraqi state TV also reported the capture. The operation to secure the entire Mosul Dam complex on the Tigris River and the territory surrounding its reservoir is a significant victory against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which seized parts of northern and western Iraq this summer. The dam supplies electricity and water to much of the country.
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