Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon

(Wall Street Journal) Damian Paletta - Islamic State militants are using the Tabqa Dam, Syria's largest dam 25 miles west of Raqqa, to hide high-value prisoners and shelter senior officials in the conviction the U.S. won't bomb it for fear of unleashing a giant flood, three people familiar with the matter said. If the dam is ruptured, it would flood large parts of Iraq and "mean that there's no electricity for all of eastern Syria," said Ariel Ahram, an associate professor at Virginia Tech.

2016-01-22 00:00:00

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