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Kurds say repelled jihadist attack on Mosul dam

Kurdish peshmerga troops prepare to fire a mortar during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah August 6, 2014. (REUTERS)

ARBIL, Iraq: Kurdish peshmerga forces protecting the Mosul dam, said to be Iraq's largest, repelled a jihadist attack on Thursday, a spokesman said.

"The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) launched an attack on Mosul dam but the peshmerga repelled it," Halgurd Hekmat said.

"They left at least one body and four destroyed humvees behind in their retreat," he said.

ISIS militants, who seized Iraq's second city of Mosul on June 10, conquered several areas east and north late last week and have been threatening the dam for days.

The peshmerga have their elite Zerevani fighters at the Mosul dam, a vital piece of infrastructure that would give the jihadists control over water and electricity for the entire region.

 

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Summary

Kurdish peshmerga forces protecting the Mosul dam, said to be Iraq's largest, repelled a jihadist attack on Thursday, a spokesman said.

ISIS militants, who seized Iraq's second city of Mosul on June 10, conquered several areas east and north late last week and have been threatening the dam for days.

The peshmerga have their elite Zerevani fighters at the Mosul dam, a vital piece of infrastructure that would give the jihadists control over water and electricity for the entire region.


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