People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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Islamic State fighters seized control of a town near a dam in northern Iraq Sunday, witnesses and a Kurdish official said.The capture of Wana near Mosul Dam came after Sunni militants from the Al-Qaeda offshoot seized two other towns and an oil field in their first major defeat of Kurdish forces since sweeping through northern Iraq in June. ISIS insurgents had earlier captured the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and a nearby oil field according to witnesses. The group has already seized four oil fields, which help fund its operations.After the Islamic State arrived, Kurdish forces seized two oil fields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil company.In a statement on its website, Islamic State said its fighters killed scores of Kurdish fighters in a 24-hour battle and then took over Zumar and 12 villages.
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