Islamic militants seize Iraq's largest dam

August 8, 2014 3:10 AM

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Islamic militants seize Iraq's largest dam

BAGHDAD – Militants from the Islamic State group seized Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Thursday, giving them control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

The fighting has trapped tens of thousands of members of religious minorities on a mountaintop, and the Obama administration was weighing possible airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to help them, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with the administration's thinking. The...

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