Jun. 5, 2015
ISIS Closes Ramadi Dam Gates in Iraq, Cutting Off Water to Pro-Government Towns
Islamic State jihadis have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi that they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials have said. ISIS fighters have repeatedly sought 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. The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water supplies to the areas of Khalidiyah and Habbaniyah, which are some of the last held by pro-government forces in Anbar. The lower water level has also made it easier for ISIS to carry out attacks. (AFP-Guardian)
If Not for Israel, Islamic State Would Control Saddam Hussein’s Nuclear Reactor – Guy Bechor (Ynet News)
I received a message from a man who lives in Iraq and wanted to thank Israel for destroying Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981.
If it were not for that, he wrote, Iraq would have been filled with nuclear facilities; Israel saved the Iraqi people.
Indeed, Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor, had it remained, would now be in the area occupied by the Islamic State in Anbar province.
The writer heads the Middle East Division at the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.