Kurds Recapture Part of Mosul Dam

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Members of the Kurdish security forces take part during an intensive security deployment after clashes with militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in Jalawla, Diyala province August 12, 2014. After a two-month stand-off along a 1,000-kilometer (630 mile) long front, the Kurds failed their first major test, allowing the Sunni militants who want to redraw the map of the Middle East to grab more towns, oil fields and Iraq's biggest dam. The Kurdish peshmerga, literally "those who confront death", had built up a reputation as fearsome warriors, but in the end they proved no match for the better-armed militants who attacked them with suicidal zeal. Picture taken August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)

Kurdish officials say forces have manged to recapture the eastern part of the Mosul dam from ISIS. The joint operation involved Kurdish troops on the ground combined with U.S. airstrikes. ISIS seized the strategic dam on August 7, which provides water and electricity to northern Iraq. ISIS' control created fears that the militant group would try to flood the region. The U.S. said its latest airstrikes destroyed 19 ISIS vehicles. According to Hoshyar Zebari, a senior Kurdish official, the Peshmerga are "encountering fierce resistance, bombs on the roadside, suicide bombers and so on.” Still, they “are pushing and taking the fight to them to clear the dam."