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Aug 18, 2014 — But the jihadist Islamic State said it still controls the dam, and that fighting is ongoing. If the Kurdish claim is confirmed, it would deal the militants their first major reversal since June.
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Aug 17, 2014 — Peshmerga fighters claim to have retaken the area around the dam, but an eyewitness tells NPR that he's seen no clear progress as yet by Kurdish forces.
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Aug 13, 2014 — France says it will deliver weapons to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours," moving quickly after the European Union voted to allow such operations.
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Aug 8, 2014 — The last time was 1991, when the U.S. rushed to the aid of the Kurds. That mission offers several lessons as the U.S. embarks on a new operation to help the besieged Yazidi religious sect.
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Aug 4, 2014 — Meanwhile, Kurdish forces are urging the U.S. to provide weapons in the fight against militants with the Islamic State.
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Jul 29, 2014 — A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker carrying $100 million in oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced.
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Jul 15, 2014 — Iraq's Kurdish region sits on vast amounts of oil. The regional government says it has the right to export the oil. But Baghdad is blocking those sales, saying only it has the right to sell Iraqi oil.
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Jul 11, 2014 — The Kurdish political bloc also suspended all participation in the government. The moves further imperil Iraq's already tenuous unity.
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Jun 27, 2014 — As the Iraqi army crumbled before militants this month, the nation's ethnic Kurds are taking back long-sought areas and revisiting the dream of declaring themselves an independent state.
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Jun 19, 2014 — While much of the country is in turmoil, the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq have remained peaceful. The upheaval could help advance the Kurds' long-standing quest for an independent state.
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