Iraq's biggest dam at risk

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U.S. warns of 65-foot wave flooding Mosul

By Peter Spiegel and Christian Berthelsen
October 31, 2007

(LA TIMES) — The top U.S. military commander in Iraq warned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in May that the country’s biggest dam, just up the Tigris River from the northern city of Mosul, is at risk of collapse, putting the city’s 1.7 million people in danger of being inundated by a 65-foot flood wave. Full Report

NOTE: Mosul’s ancient Syriac name was Nineveh. Yep, that Nineveh. The city often connected with Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz. The city that instituted the worship of Ishtar. And today, it is populated primarily with Kurds (descended from ancient Medes). Keep an eye on this region — located just south of the 33rd parallel. — PID