ISIS Closes Ramadi Dam Gates in Iraq, Cutting Off Water to Pro-Government Towns

(AFP-Guardian) Islamic State jihadis have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi that they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials have said. ISIS fighters have repeatedly sought to control dams in Iraq, in some cases reducing the flow of water to areas under government control or flooding swathes of land to impede military operations. The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water supplies to the areas of Khalidiyah and Habbaniyah, which are some of the last held by pro-government forces in Anbar. The lower water level has also made it easier for ISIS to carry out attacks.

2015-06-05 00:00:00

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