ISIS seizes Iraq's Mosul Dam, capable of creating 65-foot wave that could flood cities

August 9, 2014 6:30 AM

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ISIS seizes Iraq's Mosul Dam, capable of creating 65-foot wave that could flood cities

Engineers say the Mosul Dam is so poorly built that just failing to maintain it could cause a catastrophic failure. By capturing the dam, the fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria control the water and power used by millions of Iraqis.

WASHINGTON — The Islamist fanatics who have seized Iraq’s largest dam don’t have to blow it up to wreak havoc on the millions of Iraqis who live downstream.

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