By Patrick M Schmidt.
Over the weekend, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) mounted a major offensive near the city of Mosul.
The offensive marked a number of defeats for Kurdish security forces who have mostly been noted for their successes in battling the insurgents.
Both Iraqi and Kurdish sources agree that ISIL had made a number of significant gains, but the two groups disagree about the status of a major hydroelectric dam (pictured) outside of Mosul. Iraqi sources say the dam had fallen from control of the Kurds, while Kurdish sources insist they have the site secured.
ISIL has also gained a number of smaller towns as well as the Ain Zalah oilfield.
(Source: The Guardian)