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Jihadists seize Iraq's largest dam north of Mosul

Published on Aug 8, 2014 7:51 PM

ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) - Jihadists have seized Iraq's largest dam north of their hub of Mosul, giving them control over the supply of water and electricity for a vast area, officials said on Friday.

"Mosul dam has been in insurgent hands since last night," said Holgard Hekmat, spokesman for the Kurdish peshmerga force that previously guarded the key infrastructure.

The head of the provincial council of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital, confirmed the Islamic State group had captured the dam on Thursday.

"Fierce fighting took place which eventually saw Daash (Islamic State) take control of the dam," Bashar Kiki told AFP.

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