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Suddenly, the Most
Important Dam in the World

National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/10/2014 1:27:17 PM

That is the Mosul Dam, “a gargantuan, poorly-constructed dam in Iraq that, if breached, could launch a 65-foot-tall wall of water into one of the country’s largest cities and send flood waters all the way to Baghdad.” Baghdad is 220 miles away — akin to blowing up a dam in Boston and flooding New York City. And now ISIS controls it, according to Kurdish authorities: “Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the president of the Kurdistan region, confirmed on Friday that Islamic State militants had seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam in their latest offensive in the north of the country.” Back

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/10/2014 1:36:57 PM     (No. 9960547)

Can a government that can/will not protect a position this important continue to exist?

Should the USA prop up a government unable to protect something this important?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/10/2014 1:37:35 PM     (No. 9960548)

If ISIS has any tactical smarts they will rig that dam with a lot of high explosives and threaten to destroy it if their units in the area are attacked.

That´s also the place for a massive USA and British airborne assault ASAP to capture that dam before ISIS packs it with explosives, as ISIS probably does not have many of their men or explosives at the dam yet.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/10/2014 1:43:28 PM     (No. 9960556)

I will agree with # 2, only if ROE´s and collateral damage issues are resolved in favor of our troops, and if we GO BIG to the point of NUKE and PAVE if necessary.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 8/10/2014 1:47:15 PM     (No. 9960562)

Agree with #2. This dam has to be secured. It´s not a matter of if they´ll blow it up, it´s a matter of when.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/10/2014 2:19:12 PM     (No. 9960595)

The dam is so poorly constructed that it requires heavy maintenance six times a week just in order to stay somewhat intact. ISIS wouldn´t have to work very hard to bring it down.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/10/2014 2:42:32 PM     (No. 9960607)

Even fanatical terrorists need to drink water. If the dam fails in a parched country like Iraq, drinking water would soon be scarce for everyone. But they could cut off the flow downstream.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 8/10/2014 3:30:29 PM     (No. 9960654)

In keeping with Obama´s legacy needs, this dam should be renamed either the Obamadam or the Don´tgiveadam.

ISIS is Obama´s legacy.

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