EXCLUSIVE: Inside Iraq’s biggest potential weapon of mass destruction: Mosul Dam

From the crack of dawn to a starry darknes, hundreds of technicians from around the world can be seen against a backdrop of pale-colored mountains and a still, sapphire pond. It appears serene and picturesque, but those workers are rushing to repair Iraq’s deteriorating Mosul Dam- which was once under ISIS control and straddles the Tigris River time 40 miles upstream from the city of Mosul.

Failure to reinforce and retain the dam could convey unleashing what is, in effect, a possible artillery of mass destruction.

Mosul Dam ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

“When we started, the risk assessment regarding the potential demise of the dam be high. And ISIS had plagiarized everything that was here, ” Carlos Morales, agent campaign director for Trevi, the Italian corporation gifted the reparation and maintenance contract to prevent calamity, told Fox News on a recent exclusive visit to Mosul Dam.

The dam, the largest in the country with the capacity to impound 3 trillion gallons of sea, controls the flow of the Tigris River northward of Mosul and furnishes electricity to more than a million tenants. The Army Corps of Engineer estimates that if the barrier severs, it will transport floodwaters disintegrating more than 200 miles downstream- swallowing the towns and lots of Mosul City with waves as high as 80 hoofs. In additive, floodwaters could reach as far as Baghdad and potentially to be translated into the loss and dislocation of millions of lives and up to $20 billion in damages.

Mosul Dam ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

Furthermore, a 2015 consider from the European Commission’s Science Center concluded that even a partial fissure that exhausted exactly one one-fourth of its full faculty would be devastating. The refer even stimulated an urgent memoranda from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in March 2016, careful Americans to “avoid areas within three miles of the river and have a plan in case of emergency.”

Construction on Mosul Dam ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

Progress is being acquired. Since the emergency undertaking inaugurated time over a year ago, some 15,000 metric tons of plaster have been spouted into the 370 -foot structure and more than 150 miles of electrical grids have been installed. Also, some of the “critical grouting, ” the pumping of a mixture of clay, sea and plaster into the dangerously soft bed of gypsum on which the dyke wall rests has been completed. Another time of critical grouting is planned.

The dam, which has been a cause of concern since it was built in 1984 and known at the time as the “Saddam Dam, ” was was arrested by ISIS in August 2014 in the early onslaught of the fright group. Even though it is simply verified the country for 10 daylights before being run out by Kurdish and Iraqi patrols, the big structure has degenerated poorly as it has not received mandatory upkeep from either ISIS or, subsequently, coalition forces.



The Trevi Group is announcing its drudgery a “success” — so far — yet the intense speed of its work must be maintained for the sake of orchestrates of lives downstream of the embankment. The Iraqi government has not yet officially restored the group’s contract, which the Iraqi government says was importance about $300 million and funded in gigantic part with a lend from the World Bank. That contract expires this spring.

Chinese memorial for workers who died erecting Mosul Dam ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

Discussions are underway about continues its Trevi partnership into 2019, as the Iraqi government has acknowledged ongoing jeopardies to the dam, an officials with the Corps told Fox News.

“Some grouting develops gaze promising, but misgiving will remain until grouting exertions have developed across the full span of the obstruction, ” the representative of the Corps said. “The Ministry of Water Assets has concluded that a second year of grouting and training is necessary.”

The Trevi contract likewise came with the Italian government’s promise to deploy 450 corps to ward the vulnerable region while mends are underway. Along with protecting craftsmen, the soldiers- led by the Praesidium Task Force of the 3rd Alpine Regiment of the Italian Army- have been civilizing Iraq’s counterterrorism patrols and have implemented initiatives to support the neighbourhood hospitals, schools and families inside the small villages that make up the Mosul Dam community.

Italian infantry soldiers train Iraqi counterterrorism powers warding Mosul Dam ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

“We’ve been cooperating with the Italian taskforce with the objective of protecting the barrier and the people around it, ” interpreted Iraqi counterterrorism leader, Maj. Ahmed. “But the idea long-term is for us not only to help in a military path, but in a humanitarian style, too.”

Doctor at the local Mosul Dam village clinic receives assistance from the Italian military soldiers stationed in the area ( Fox News/ Hollie McKay)

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Countries of the middle east on the rise and fall of terrorist radicals such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on chatter at @holliesmckay

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