Syria’s largest earth-fill dam is at serious risk after US-led coalition jet fighters hit the main building of the Euphrates Dam Company located nearly 100 meters from the dam.

Local activists reported that coalition airstrikes completely destroyed the governmental facility which was allegedly used as a headquarter for the Islamic State , causing huge explosion in the area.

Experts fear the use of such highly-explosive air-to-surface missiles and the intensity of the blast might unbalance the foundations of the decades-old dam, which in turn portends a catastrophic disaster on the entire south and southwestern parts of the war-ton country.

Earlier, the United Nation warned of a catastrophic flooding of the Tabqa Dam due to deliberate sabotage by Islamic State (IS) and further damage from air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

Zen Adra | AMN
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This reckless bombing of the dam has the potential of a high collateral cost in civilian lives but also for the post war economic development of Syria.

p.s. The US coalition was much more precautious with the Mosul dam.

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Right, and the US coalition will claim that the syrians were damaging the dam. 🙁

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Right. Like the war all is Assad’s fault. If he had resigned like the US have demanded many times their bombers would not have destroyed the dam. Blink.

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The US is just willfully destroying Syrian civilian infrastructure.

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I don’t think so : the place where the building stood is enough far to compromise the dam and BTW, you need something very serious to compromise such type of dam: the WW2 ‘dambusters’ used 10t ricochet bombs… You’d need at least a direct hit with a MOP (massive ordnance penetration, anti-bunker bomb) or a Russian FAB-9000, using SVP-24 targetting system to achieve this. There’s a bit of exaggeration in the article.