As feared: Islamic State closes dam gates in Ramadi, putting populations further east at risk

As feared: Islamic State closes dam gates in Ramadi, putting populations further east at risk
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[Ed. – This is bad.  It’s all part of the battle for Baghdad, and if ISIS can hold onto Ramadi, they’ll be able to wage it on their timetable.]

Islamic State group jihadists have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi which they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials said Tuesday.

IS fighters have repeatedly attempted 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.

Anbar provincial council chief Sabah Karhout said IS “closed all the gates” at a dam in Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s largest province.

The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water supplies to the areas of Khaldiyah and Habbaniyah to the east, which are some of the last held by pro-government forces in Anbar.

The lower water level has also made it easier for IS to carry out attacks, Karhout said.

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