posted on Jun, 13 2014 @ 01:19 AM
This news is relatively new (within the hour), and i thought that these events need to be shared here.
By now, it is obvious that ISIS is dead serious on taking Baghdad. Cutting off the main water supplies to the country, while surrounding the capital,
is a sure way to ensure a higher chance of victory.
As the following link states, ISIS has successfully taken control of the country's water supplies, and as a result, may not even need to launch a full
scale invasion of Baghdad:
Despite the apparent suddenness, ISIS's assault on Iraq has been brewing for six months. Last January, ISIS started fighting its way from Syria
down the Euphrates river into Iraq. In May it captured the town of Fallujah, the scene of bloody fighting during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
This week, ISIS captured Iraq's second-largest city Mosul, on the Tigris river, then advanced down the Tigris to the town of Tikrit, and beyond it to
the Shiite holy town of Samarra. Both Samarra and Fallujah are within striking distance of the capital Baghdad.
It is not clear at the time of writing whether ISIS will launch a military attack on Baghdad, or even if it could take the heavily armed city in a
But it may not need to. Iraq is ancient Mesopotamia, the once-fertile floodplain of the Tigris and Euphrates that cradled the first human
civilisation. The rivers remain crucial to the farming on which most Iraqis depend, according to a report by the International Centre for Agricultural
Research on the Dry Areas, which was once based in Aleppo, Syria, but has now decamped to Amman in Jordan to avoid fighting.
ISIS now controls several major dams on the rivers, for instance at Haditha and Samarra. It also holds one 30 kilometres north of Mosul that was built
on fragile rock and poses a risk of collapse. It holds at least 8 billion cubic metres of water. In 2003, there were fears Iraqi troops might destroy
the dam to wipe out invading forces. US military engineers calculated that the resulting wave would obliterate Mosul and even hit Baghdad.
In addition to ISIS' seizing of Iraq's main water supplies, they have also advanced their position towards Baghdad. Currently, ISIS is surrounding
Baghdad on three sides. Fallujah to the West, Tikrit to the north and the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla towards the North Eastern and Eastern areas of
Overall, this situation is a complete mess, and i believe that the international scene has to think fast on what they want to do. It's only a matter
of time before ISIS takes Baghdad, and if they do...we all know what will happen.
edit on 13-6-2014 by daaskapital because: (no reason given)