ISIS Turns off Euphrates River Spigot

You behead a guy, he's dead. You shut down a damn in the middle of a desert? Every one downstream dies:

ISIS has been blocking the flow of the Euphrates River from Syria in a renewed bid to turn the vital waterway into a strategic weapon against the Iraqi government.

“ISIS closed the Tabqa Dam in Syria almost a week ago, causing the water level of the Euphrates River to drop in Anbar’s towns,” a member of the Anbar Provincial Council said Sunday.

Hamid al-Dulaimi warned in an interview with Iraqi Kurdish Bas News that the closure poses a “disaster to Anbar and other provinces” in Iraq.

Meanwhile, a source close to ISIS told Al-Jazeera that the group was using its control over the dams to “put pressure on the Iraqi government as part of the open war between it and the group.”
And it's not just the lack of water. Cutting off the river's flow has meant that hydroelectric production downstream is slowly being choked off. Oh, and sewage treatment plants are failing.

So, Iraq has that to look forward to.

Posted by: Rusty at 02:00 PM


1 Blow-up the dam.

Posted by: OdinsAcolyte at September 15, 2015 02:36 PM

2 Put a BIG HOLE in the Dam....

Posted by: TT at September 15, 2015 03:28 PM

3 If the dam is still standing
by the time i hit "send"
it's because Obama like it love it want more of it.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at September 15, 2015 03:52 PM

4 Climate change has lowered the Euphrates river levels. Suggest carbon taxes.

Posted by: Final WH Intel brief at September 15, 2015 07:00 PM

5 Doesn't anyone else find it ironic that over and over again for thousands of years this area that encompasses iraq has fallen to barbarian hordes that swept in and we're able to force the existing empire /nation state to thier knees and put a boot (or sandle) on thier kneck and start the next regionally powerful entity? The sumerians, the babalonians the Assyrians, akkadians, the Greeks the mongols beleive it or not, I mean the list never ends, it's just been a historically bad neighborhood for thousands of years.

Posted by: rumcrook at September 15, 2015 08:30 PM

6 Sounds like a "shitty" problem.

Posted by: Bioya1 at September 15, 2015 08:43 PM

7 Don't be fooled by the photomin the article.
What it shows is the dam's spillway. A spillway is used when water behind the dam overflows the dam.

Posted by: Phil at September 16, 2015 01:03 AM

8 In May 2014 The Turkish government cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis. Al-Akhbar found out that the water level in Lake Assad has dropped by about six meters, leaving millions of Syrians without drinking water.

But there is still the Tigris river that flows through far eastern Syria, into Iraq and into the Persian Gulf.

Posted by: Phil at September 16, 2015 01:16 AM

9 Been waiting for them to do that. I don't know why they took so long. It was obvious.

Posted by: Greyrooster at September 19, 2015 03:38 PM

10 Just wondering. When you cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, what do you do with the water?

Posted by: Greyrooster, the thinker at September 21, 2015 01:09 PM

11 Perhaps California will buy it.

Posted by: Greyrooster, the thinker at September 21, 2015 01:10 PM

12 Ole barack sho' did help out them Iraq folks by removing the evil US Forces didn't he?

Posted by: obsidian at September 22, 2015 06:27 PM

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