Sunday, August 3, 2014

Islamic State Update: The caliphate rolls on

As events in Israel capture the eyes of the world, the Islamic State, previously known as ISIS continues it's expansion and control of the new caliphate, now claiming to hold the largest dam in Iraq, the Mosul Dam.  Also under their control is another oil field and three more towns.

Jihad marches on but it is Israel that is the bad guy.

From Update 7 August 3 by Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman

UPDATE 7-Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam and oilfield in victory over Kurds
BAGHDAD, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping across much of northern Iraq in June.

Capture of the electricity-generating Mosul Dam, after an offensive of barely 24 hours, could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities or withhold water from farms, raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.

"The terrorist gangs of the Islamic State have taken control of Mosul Dam after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces without a fight," said Iraqi state television.

The swift withdrawal of Kurdish "peshmerga" troops was an apparent severe blow to one of the only forces in Iraq that until now had stood firm against the Sunni Islamist fighters who aim to redraw the borders of the Middle East.

The Islamic State, which sees Iraq's majority Shi'ites as apostates who deserve to be killed, also seized the Ain Zalah oil field - adding to four others already under its control that provide funding for operations - and three towns.

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