Kurdish peshmerga monitor their front line position, 13km north-east of Mosul
Kurdish peshmerga monitor their front line position, 13km north-east of Mosul

Kurdish forces say they 'are advancing' in an operation to recapture Mosul dam from Isis militants in northern Iraq.

The dam is the largest in the country and its control has been a huge strategic boost for fighters from the so-called Islamic State because it supplies water and electricity to vast areas of Iraq.

A breach of the dam could send a 20m-high wall of water towards the city of Mosul and the capital, Baghdad.

Mosul dam, with the city of Mosul to the south east and the Syrian border to the north west (Picture: Google)
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