ISIS just took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam

ISIS just took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam
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Sunni militants on Sunday captured the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq as they continued to seize more ground across the country, according to state-run media and multiple reports. After a day-long battle, ISIS fighters also claimed an oil field and three northern towns in the region after sweeping aside Kurdish defense forces.

ISIS militants destroyed a Shiite shrine, forced an estimated 200,000 to flee, and executed those who stood in their way as they overran the area, according to The New York Times. Yet the capture of the dam, which provides power to Mosul, was the group's most alarming victory as it will allow ISIS to cut off water to or flood the region.

"If you control the Mosul Dam, you can threaten just about everybody," Daniel Pipes, the president of the Middle East Forum, told CNN.

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