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ISIS Seizes Mosul Dam (They Could Now Flood Baghdad)

From the Associated Press:

Iraqi militants seize country’s largest dam

By SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | August 7, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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…

Which means ISIS could now flood Baghdad, if they want to. Which is a tactic they have used before, in Fallujah. (See below.)

After a week of attempts, the radical Islamist gunmen successfully stormed the Mosul Dam Thursday and forced Kurdish forces to withdraw from the area, residents living near the dam told The Associated Press…

And the Kurds are practically the only real opposition ISIS is facing.

The al-Qaida breakaway group posted a statement online Thursday, confirming it had taken control of the dam and vowing to continue "the march in all directions," as it expands the Islamic state, or Caliphate, it has imposed over broad swathes of territory straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border. The group said it has seized a total of 17 Iraqi cities, towns and targets — including the dam and a military base — over the past five days…

They sure are busy little bees.

The Mosul Dam — once known as the Saddam Dam for ousted dictator Saddam Hussein — is located just north of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, which fell to the militants on June 10… The seizing of dams and reservoirs gives the militants control over water and electricity that they can use to help build support in the territory they now rule by providing the scarce resources to residents. Or they could sell the resources as a lucrative source of revenue.

There are also fears the militants could release the dam waters and devastate the country all the way to the capital Baghdad, though maintaining the dam’s power and water supplies is key to their attempts to build a state…

Earlier this year, the group’s fighters captured the smaller Fallujah Dam on the Euphrates River when they seized the nearby city of Fallujah. Repeatedly, the militants have used it as a weapon, opening it to flood downriver when government forces move in on the city…

And yet we didn’t hear one peep in the media about such an outrageous and criminal tactic being used by ISIS. Why is that?

All the while, the Islamic State’s ambitious push across northern Iraq continues. The militants overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing from the area, several priests in northern Iraq said Thursday. The capture of Qaraqoush, Iraq’s biggest Christian village, and at least four other nearby hamlets, brings the Islamic State to the very edge of the Iraqi Kurdish territory and its regional capital, Irbil…

And, once again, we seldom hear anything about this Christian ‘genocide’ from our media watchdogs. Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 8th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “ISIS Seizes Mosul Dam (They Could Now Flood Baghdad)”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Call George HW Bush. I’m sure he’d be happy to help .. like last time ..

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