Neglect May Do What ISIS Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

WASHINGTON — More than 16 months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces reclaimed Mosul Dam from Islamic State fighters, the structure faces a new threat: the danger that it may collapse because of insufficient maintenance, overwhelming major communities downstream with floodwaters.

In the worst-case scenario, according to State Department officials, an estimated 500,000 people could be killed while more than a million could be rendered homeless if the dam, Iraq’s largest, were to collapse in the spring, when the Tigris is swollen by rain and melting snow. The casualty toll and damage would be much less if Iraqi citizens received adequate warning, if the dam collapsed only partially or if it were breached in the summer or fall, when the water level is lower.

  • Hard Little Machine


  • Islam is toxic to a society. The toxicity comes in lots of different forms.

    This is a good example.

  • tom_billesley

    617 Squadron RAF, motto “Aprés moi, le déluge” hasn’t been anywhere near it. Honest.

  • BitterClinger

    Good. 500,000 dead koranimals is a great thing.

  • UCSPanther

    Saddam Hussein had this dam built on gypsum bedrock. That means that it is located in an area that is very vulnerable to water erosion via chemical solution weathering.

    The Mosul dam is not going to be long for the world at this rate.