This is coolbert:
Haditha dam in Iraq now in the hands of the ISIL insurgents that danger not confined merely to that one facility alone!!
From Professor Daniel Pipes some interesting insight:
"The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams"
"It's been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrection. Were it to collapse, it would lead to the largest human-induced loss of life in history . . . The conquests in 2014 by what used to be known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and now just as the Islamic State, have dramatically shown that other dams in Iraq can also pose problems, if not on so catastrophic a scale."
Understand the problem of the dams not to merely a collapse but an INTENTIONAL COLLAPSE OR DESTRUCTION, OR AN INTENTIONAL MASSIVE RELEASE OF WATER, A FLOOD LITERALLY OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS.
Water too understand as absolutely essential to LIFE ITSELF particularly so in that part of the world. Those populations downstream at the very mercy and sufferance of those controlling the dams.
See additional Daniel Pipes entries regarding the dams of Iraq: