BEIRUT Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is seeking to seize from the militant group, is at imminent possibility of collapse simply because of airstrikes and amplified water degrees.
It also explained in messages carried on its social media channels that the dam’s functions experienced been place out of services and that all flood gates were being shut.
The dam, on the Euphrates about forty km (twenty five miles) upstream from Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, is the major in Syria. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has been battling to seize the dam from Islamic State considering the fact that Friday.
A Britain-based mostly war check, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, explained it experienced also acquired from its personal sources that the dam experienced stopped working but that Islamic State remained in manage of its most important operational properties and turbines.
The dam is about four km extensive and the SDF has state-of-the-art a little distance together the dam from the northern lender but its development is gradual simply because Islamic State has intensely mined the location, the Observatory explained.
(Reporting by Angus McDowall modifying by Susan Thomas)