Kurdish fighters have reclaimed Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq from ISIS. Militants from ISIS, also known as just the Islamic State (IS) claimed the dam on August 7th. The dam has a strategic positioning, because it supplies water and electricity to northern Iraq, and its location meant IS could’ve used it to flood areas downstream from the dam.
The Kurdish fighters were supported by US air strikes in their successful attempt to reclaim Mosul Dam. They are now in the process of clearing the area of landmines, a process which may take several hours. The reclaiming of the dam is the biggest setback IS has faced since launching their Iraq offensive in June.