A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon at his combat position near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Aug 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq's largest dam from ISIS militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said.The Kurdish peshmerga forces launched the operation early Sunday to retake the Mosul Dam, said Gen. Tawfik Desty, a Kurdish commander, after a day of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes pushed back ISIS fighters.The U.S. military conducted 14 airstrikes Sunday, damaging or destroying 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint, a statement by the Central Command said. It carried out nine airstrikes near the dam Saturday, destroying four armored personnel carriers, seven armed vehicles, two Humvees and another armored vehicle, the command said. ISIS fighters Friday killed around 80 Yazidi Kurds in the village of Kocho near the northwestern town of Sinjar, Kurdish officials said.
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