John Ray

Africa Correspondent

John Ray is Africa Correspondent for ITV News. He was formerly Middle East Correspondent and was the first Western TV journalist to report from inside Syria's borders at the start of the war.

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IS held Mosul Dam 'like terrorists with nuclear weapon'

I have been speaking to General Mansour Barzani, head of Kurdish Peshmerga Special Forces.

He told me that the Islamic State seizure of Mosul Dam was like terrorists possessing a nuclear weapon, such was the potential destructive potential if the dam had been breached.

Whilst they controlled the area IS had killed many men and kidnapped many women, General Barzani said.

He also thanked the US for their air support but said that the Peshmerga still needed more heavy weapons from the West.

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