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Islamic State captures largest hydroelectric dam


08-09-2014 16:28 BJT

There are now confirmed reports that fighters from the Islamic State have taken full control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam, near their stronghold of Mosul.

The dam is more than three kilometers long, and located on the Tigris river, just north of Mosul in northern Iraq. An official from the Kurdish army in Iraq confirmed that the dam is now under the control of the insurgents. It means the Islamic State now has full control over water and electricity supplies to the surrounding areas.

Earlier there were conflicting reports about the dam’s capture, with Iraqi officials insisting it was still under the protection of Kurdish forces. Analysts say that if the dam is destroyed, or opened, several cities could be flooded, including the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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