Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on August 16, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Kurdish forces backed by U.S. warplanes battled Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from ISIS fighters, whose latest atrocity was a massacre in a Yezidi village.Two months of violence have brought Iraq to the brink of breakup, and world powers relieved by the exit of long-time premier Nouri al-Maliki were flying aid to the displaced and arms to the Kurds. Kurdish forces attacked the ISIS fighters who wrested the Mosul dam from them a week earlier, a general told AFP. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Korini told AFP, saying several jihadists had been killed.The village lies near the northwestern town of Sinjar, which the jihadists stormed on Aug. 3 sending tens of thousands of civilians, many of them Yezidi Kurds, fleeing into the mountains to the north.
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