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Kurds, backed by US, fight to retake Iraq's largest dam

By Agencies in Baghdad andWashington ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-18 07:27:49

Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled on Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from jihadist fighters, a day after militants carried out a "massacre" of dozens of villagers.

Two months of violence have brought Iraq to the brink of breakup, and world powers relieved by the exit of longtime prime minister Nuri al-Maliki were sending aid to the displaced and arms to the Kurds.

Kurdish forces attacked the Islamic State fighters who had wrested the Mosul dam from them a week earlier, a general told AFP.

Kurds, backed by US, fight to retake Iraq's largest dam

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