File - A view of the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) northwest of Baghdad, is pictured in this November 1, 2007 file photo.REUTERS/Stringer
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Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Kurdish forces said Monday they had wrested back control of the country's largest dam from militants of the extremist Islamic State group.Kurdish peshmerga forces regained full control of the dam and its vicinity following two days of fierce clashes, Halgurd Hekmat, a spokesman for the Kurdish forces, told The Associated Press. No one from the Iraqi army was immediately available to confirm that Kurdish forces seized control.The retaking of the dam would mark the first major victory for the Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic militants since U.S. airstrikes began earlier this month.Al-Moussawi said early Monday that the Iraqi and Kurdish forces "hoisted the Iraqi flag over" the dam. He added that the troops were backed by a joint aerial support but didn't specify whether there were any U.S. airstrikes in the area of the dam Monday. The U.S. military said U.S. forces conducted nine strikes Saturday and another 16 on Sunday.
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