Iraq crisis: Kurdish Peshmerga forces retake Mosul Dam from ISIS

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - AUGUST 18, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have taken back the country's largest dam from Islamic State militants, according to reports on Iraq state television.

Lieutenant-General Qasim Atta, a military spokesman, was quoted as saying the forces were backed by a joint air patrol from the United States.

The United States deployed fighter jets and drones to the region in a ‘humanitarian’ and security effort to rescue Yazidis who had been surrounded by ISIS fighters around Mount Sinja while protecting American assets in Kurdistan.

Mr Atta did not give more details about the Mosul dam operation and an independent verification was not immediately possible.

While Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought ISIS on the ground, US airstrikes destroyed ISIS vehicles and equipment stationed around the dam from the air.

However, a Twitter account belonging to a media organisation that supports the ISIS said the dam was still under the group's full control.

The dam provides electricity and irrigation water for farming to large areas of Iraq's northern Nineveh province.

Photo Caption: SYMBOLIC... Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have taken back the country's largest dam from Islamic State militants, according to reports on Iraq state television.