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Obama Says U.S. Making Progress in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A spokesman for the Kurdish military says its peshmerga forces are now in full control of the Mosul Dam and its vicinity, successfully wresting back control from Islamic State group militants.   

Halgurd Hekmat told The Associated Press that peshmerga forces have taken back control of the area following fierce clashes for the past two days.   

The Iraqi military said earlier Monday that it had seized control of the dam itself, with the help of peshmerga ground troops and U.S. airstrikes, but that clashes were ongoing on the southern end of the dam's complex.   

Sunni militants with the Islamic State group seized control of the dam on Aug. 7 as part of their offensive that saw them seize large swaths of northern Iraq.

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