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Islamic State fighters take Mosul Dam - amvid

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:10

Amateur video purports to show Islamic State fighters raising their flag over several prominent locations in northern Iraq, including the Mosul dam. Gavino Garay reports.

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REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE / PLEASE NOTE THE EDITING STYLE IS FROM SOURCE, NOT REUTERS With their guns held high - Islamic State fighters begin to take prominent landmarks in Iraq - including the Mosul dam. In this amateur video Reuters cannot independently verify, the Islamic State flag flies above the dam as flatbed trucks patrol areas. Controlling the dam would mean a major gain for the militant fighters as it would allow them to open the floodgates, threatening cities and civilians. It also would allow them to cut of a vital source of water and control the electricity. They've also raised their flags above government buildings, and took control of a nearby hospital. ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS BESIDE TANK, FIGHTER SAYING (Arabic): "Our message to the whole world: we are soldiers of the caliphate and we are coming, God willing." An engineer at the Mosul dam said that the fighters brought in workers to fix a power line to the city -- which has lost power for days. The jihadi Islamists have waged a ruthless offensive in Northern Iraq since June and have conducted mass executions of non-Sunni Muslims. It's led to the the first U.S. air strikes in Iraq since Washington pulled out in 2011.

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Islamic State fighters take Mosul Dam - amvid

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:10