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The attack on the Mosul dam was the first time government troops were able to retake significant territory from militants since the jihadists went on the attack in June. The ground attack on the Mosul Dam was carried out by a combination of Iraqi army special forces, Interior Ministry commandos and Kurdish forces.
The city, about 80 miles north of Baghdad, known as the hometown of dictator Saddam Hussein, has been the scene of sporadic fighting since militants launched an offensive in June.
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militant positions around the Mosul Dam, allowing Iraqi ground forces to overcome relatively light resistance and seize the facility, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.
Three members D Rose 2 White of Iraq's military were killed and five wounded in the ground offensive. The military did not release numbers of militant casualties. The dam was defended by 800 to 900 militants.
The militants hold most of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and other territory in the north and west.
On Tuesday Skirmishes fighting broke out on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and resident told the Associated Press. They requested anonymity because of safety concerns.
Airstrikes 'vital' in taking dam from militants
"What remained of them was not much," Brig. Gen. Saad Maa'n Ibrahim, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said. Some militants defending the dam may have fled across the border into Syria, where they have a base, he said.
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air support was vital," said outgoing Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd. "They were very, very effective."
The Kurdish forces will remain to hold the dam while the commandos and special forces, some of Iraq's best trained forces, will be deployed elsewhere, Ibrahim said.
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