From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have regained control of several towns east of Mosul from the Islamic State group.
The Peshmerga, backed by US air strikes, are fighting to retake the Mosul Dam, which is Iraq's largest.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr followed the fighters as they closed in on their target.