ISIS Fighters Seize Iraq’s Largest Dam, an Oilfield & Three More Towns
An ISIS flag is flying in this photo taken near the Mosul Dam.
— CBC News (@CBCNews) August 3, 2014
ISIS terrorists seized control of Iraq’s largest dam near Mosul, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday.
CBC News reported:
Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping across much of northern Iraq in June.
Capture of the electricity-generating Mosul Dam, after an offensive of barely 24 hours, could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities or withhold water from farms, raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government.
“The terrorist gangs of the Islamic State have taken control of Mosul Dam after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces without a fight,” said Iraqi state television.
The swift withdrawal of Kurdish “peshmerga” troops was an apparent severe blow to one of the only forces in Iraq that
until now had stood firm against the Sunni Islamist fighters who aim to redraw the borders of the Middle East.
— Aymenn J Al-Tamimi (@ajaltamimi) August 3, 2014