File - The militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq are now battling ferociously to capture one of the country’s vital resources, water.
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The militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq are now battling ferociously to capture one of the country's vital resources, water.Fighters with ISIS launched a three-pronged attack over the weekend in a drive to capture Haditha Dam, in western Iraq, a complex with six power generators located alongside Iraq's second-largest reservoir. At the same time, they are fighting to capture Iraq's largest dam, Mosul Dam, in the north.ISIS militants seized the army command headquarters in town, with very little stopping them from reaching the dam. But some local Sunni tribes who oppose the militants and feared for their livelihoods if the dam were captured sent fighters to reinforce the 2,000 soldiers guarding the town, allowing for a narrow victory. At least 35 militants and 10 soldiers were killed in clashes Friday, Fleih said.Only 10 kms remain between the militants and the dam.Damage to either could be disastrous, particularly in the case of the Mosul Dam.
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