Water jihad: ISIS is blocking the flow of water from Syria into Iraq

by 1389 on September 17, 2015

in 1389 (blog admin), Iraq, Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), Syria

ISIS must release some water to prevent overflow of Tabqa Dam. Even so, the ability to interrupt both water and hydroelectric power at will gives ISIS the advantage during battle.

Tabqa Dam
Tabqa Dam in Syria. (image via Sky News Arabia)

NOW News: Government-controlled areas of Iraq’s Anbar province are threatened by water shortages.

BEIRUT – 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.”

As concerns rose in Iraq, one official called on the international coalition fighting ISIS to conduct air strikes against the dam, although any such move would threaten water storage and raise the potential of devastating downstream floods.

“We call on the international coalition forces to strike one of the gates of the Tabqa Dam in Syria to allow water to flow into Iraq,” Anbar Provincial Council member Eid Ammash said in a statement carried by Iraqi broadcaster Sumaria News on September 5.

ISIS has already been using water as a weapon in Iraq, closing off gates in the Ramadi Dam along the Euphrates in early June to cut off water supplies to government controlled areas downstream.

CNN reported at the time that Ramadi move had made it easier for ISIS militants to attack the nearby government controlled towns of Husaybah and Khalidiyah as well as a base in Habbaniya.

Shutting down Tabqa Dam

ISIS controls the Tishreen Dam on the eastern edge of the Aleppo province as well as the Tabqa and Baath dams which are located further downstream on the Euphrates. All three dams produce hydroelectric power and regulate the flow of the river.

An engineer working at the Tabqa Dam told Al-Jazeera on Monday that the water stored in the dam’s Lake Assad reservoir has “reached its upper limit, which is 304 meters high.”
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1 Gramfan September 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Water has always been a contentious issue in the ME.
The Israelis have become specialists at water usage.

How interesting because without the Nile Ancient Egypt would never have existed. Then of course these people are in no way related to the current population, or very few of them are.

Without Carter and Carnarvon they would never have found King Tut’s tomb etc either.

When you watch shows about the ancients it is very easy to believe in “Ancient Aliens”,lol!

It’s hard to believe the pyramids were built by the locals back then and I think even now modern technology would have a challenge on their hands.

A bit OT but one of my favourite books and movies is “The Egyptian” by Mika Waltari.

It is based on facts.

Pharoah Akenaten was the first monotheist ever so the priests had to get rid of him.

He was married to Nefertiti and the bust of her in an invaluable piece of art.

They were the parents of King Tut!! Here’s a bit and it is spectacular:

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