Syrian rebels seize country’s largest dam in major blow to Assad regime

New York, Feb 12: Syrian rebels have captured the country’s largest dam and iconic industrial symbol of President Bashar al-Assad family’s four-decade rule.

Rebels led by the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra now control much of the water flow in the country’s north and east.

This has sparked warnings from experts that any mistake in managing the dam may drown wide areas in Syria and Iraq, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the report, a Syrian government official denied that the rebels captured the dam, saying ‘heavy clashes are taking place around it.’

But amateur video released by activists showed gunmen walking around the facility’s operations rooms and employees apparently carrying on with their work as usual.

The capture of the al-Furat dam came after rebels seized two smaller dams on the Euphrates river, which flows from Turkey through Syria and into Iraq.

Behind al-Furat dam lies Lake Assad, which at 640 square kilometers (247 square miles) is the country’s largest water reservoir, the paper said. (ANI)