Kurdish official confirms Islamic State controls Iraq's biggest dam

Reuters , Friday 8 Aug 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes by the U.S. forces targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo)

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the president of the Kurdistan region, confirmed on Friday that Islamic State militants had seized control of Iraq's biggest dam in their latest offensive in the north of the country.

Control of Mosul dam could give the Sunni Islamists the ability to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies.

 

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