ISIS uses ‘water war’ in Iraq’s Anbar

Iraqi officials fear ‘water war’ after ISIS closed off gates of Ramadi dam to attack army forces who prepare to retake the city

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iraqi officials expressed fears on Wednesday that ISIS will use the dam they captured in Ramadi to attack the Iraqi forces who are preparing now to retake the Anbar’s city of Ramadi.

The significant gains which ISIS made in Iraq recently, particularly after capturing Ramadi the capital of Anbar on May 17, made a widespread international doubts about the ability of the Iraqi army as well as the United States’ strategy and force in Iraq.

Sabah Karhout, the head of Anbar's provincial council said on Wednesday that ISIS is “now waging a filthy water war."

“Cutting the water is the worst crime they could commit. It will force children, women and elderly people to flee and allow them to move in to launch attacks," he said.

Karhout said closing the Ramadi’s Dam gates stopped the water influx to the main water engines of Habbania and Khaldia, Associated France Presse AFP reported.

Karhout called for an immediate and urgent military operation in Ramadi.

"So they are using water as a weapon to weaken areas where there are military bases," Arkan Khalaf al Tarmuz, another provincial council member said, according to AFP.

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his forces will take the city back within days but they did not till now. The Iraqi army was preparing for an operation to retake Ramadi as Abadi appeals for more international support in Paris in a meeting with the foreign ministers of the US-led coalition countries. In the Paris gathering, Abadi also decried the world’s “failure” to confront ISIS.

Closing the water gates of Ramadi’s dam will dry up the Euphrate which will facilitate the ISIS passage towards other territories and infiltrate more Iraqi areas.

More than 10,000 ISIS members have been killed since the US-led international air campaign started to attack ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria nine months ago, as US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

TRTWorld and agencies