Fighting Over Iraq's Mosul Dam 'Not Over Yet'
US airstrikes pounded several ISIS vehicles as well as checkpoints on the ground near the Mosul Dam today, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pushed the offensive against the valuable hydroelectric dam.
As with yesterday, officials say they are “close” to having retaken the dam, while some Iraqi officials even jumped the gun to declare it “liberated” from ISIS. ISIS denied losing any of it. The fighting, however, continues.
“It’s not over yet,” noted one US military official, who added “we knew this would be long.” The dam has been contested for weeks now, and both sides have repeatedly claimed victory.
At this point, Kurdish and Iraqi officials are saying they have “most” of the dam, without saying exactly what that means. Last night, Kurdish Peshmerga officials put the figure at 80%, and it is unclear if that has changed with the continued fighting.
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