Kurds Fend Off ISIS Rebels As Tensions Flare In Iraq

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Kurds Fend Off ISIS Rebels As Tensions Flare In Iraq
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Kurdish forces have apparently repelled an attempted assault by ISIS forces to seize Iraq’s largest hydro-electric dam. While earlier reports indicated that ISIS had managed to seize control of the facility, the dam’s director has dispelled this, stating that ISIS forces were pushed back after gaining access to a nearby housing compound.

When ISIS rebels poured into Iraq from Syria, they were able to quickly defeat the central government’s armies, driving them back towards Baghdad. While the retreat may have been partially for political reasons as ISIS was seizing Sunni areas while the central government, dominated by Shias, cares more about its own Shia regions, the loss was none-the-less stunning, especially in the eyes of the international community.

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Kurdistan Coming Under Increasing Fire

Out of all of this, the Kurds in North Eastern Iraq have thus far proven to be the most resilient and battle ready fighting force. When ISIS forces invaded Iraq they largely steer