Iraq

ISIS Captured Iraq's Largest Christian Town, Dam

IS fighters have also taken Iraq's largest dam, the Mosul dam complex, which supplies much of Iraq's water.

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Iraq's largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, was seized over night by Islamic State militants, as Kurdish forces were forced to withdraw. IS fighters have also taken Iraq's largest dam, the Mosul dam complex, which supplies much of Iraq's water.

In the face of the IS advance, at least a quarter of Qaraqosh's residents are reported to have left the town, fearing that they would be subjected to the same demands the Sunni jihadists have made in other captured areas, either leave, convert to Islam or face death.

The militants captured Iraq's largest dam in just one hour on Thursday. The Mosul dam complex, north of Iraq's second largest city, sits on the Tigris River and controls much of Iraq's water supplies. The Islamic State had been fighting Kurdish Peshmerga forces for control of the dam for about a week.

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  1. I thought the last word of the headline was misspelled until I read the article.

    1. indeed

  2. The lesson here is that when a foreign power creates a puppet-client state, they create an opposition force. When the foreign power forces leave, the opposition force gathers strength, and usually defeats the foreign power sponsored puppet-client state. The same thing happened in South Vietnam. Iraq is no exception, and the same thing will happen in Afghanistan.

    What a waste of American blood, time, energy, money and talent. Nothing like nation building in the arm pits of the world, and spending billions of dollars in stink holes, when the U.S. could be doing a lot more things at home.

    And we are still not safe from another terrorist attack, although our former Texas fried, moron President told us that if we were overseas the terrorists would be too busy fighting us there to attack us here. A lot of Americans still believe that bullshit.

  3. The militants captured Iraq’s largest dam in just one hour on Thursday. The Mosul dam complex, north of Iraq’s second largest city, sits on the Tigris River and controls much of Iraq’s water supplies. The Islamic State had been fighting Kurdish Peshmerga forces for control of the dam for about a week.

    So they fought for it for a week but captured it in just one hour. What the fuck does that mean?

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