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Iraq's Kurdish fighters recapture Mosul dam as US, Britain step up military involvement

Published on Aug 18, 2014 9:38 PM

ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) - Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by United States warplanes pressed a counter-offensive against jihadists on Monday after retaking Iraq's largest dam alongside federal forces, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement.

The recapture of Mosul dam marks the biggest prize yet clawed back from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists since they launched a major offensive in northern Iraq in June, sweeping Iraqi security forces aside.

US aircraft are carrying out strikes in support of the forces battling ISIS militants, who have declared a "caliphate" straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria.

The jihadists also came under attack in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa by Syria's air force for a second straight day on Monday.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate sitting on the back of a truck as they head to the Mosul dam on the Tigris river that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists on Aug 17, 2014 near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. -- PHOTO: AFP
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