Leaders of the so-called Islamic State are hiding inside a hydroelectric dam it has been reported.
It is alleged that the RAF, American, and Russian forces will not bomb the Tabqa Dam, Syria, for fear of causing a catastrophic flood.
The dam is situated 25 miles west of the self-declared caliphate’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
According to the Daily Mirror experts believe bombing would be disastrous for both Iraq and Syria.
Ariel Ahram, an associate professor at Virginia Tech University, has warned:
If the dam is ruptured, it would flood large parts of Iraq and mean that there’s no electricity for all of eastern Syria.
That’s an ecological disaster for Iraq and a humanitarian catastrophe for Syria.
The dam was taken by jihadists back in 2013 and it’s believed they are also using it as a stronghold to keep prisoners of high-value out of the reach of their enemies.
2.8 miles wide and 600ft high the dam was built in the 1970s with Russian help, and it created Syria’s largest reservoir, Lake Assad, as a result.
According to the U.S. State Department, the heavily guarded facility has already been used by militants to restrict the flow of the Euphrates, limiting access to water for Iraqis in Anbar province.
Its continued occupation by ISIS forces poses a difficult military question for those trying to free the region from IS control.