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US Special Ops dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on Syria’s largest dam in 2019 despite it being on a ‘no-hit’ list: NYT

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US Special Ops dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on Syria’s largest dam in 2017 despite it being on a ‘no-hit’ list: NYT

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  • A U.S. military drone unit struck Syria’s largest dam in 2017 when it was on a “no-hit” list, The New York Times reported.

  • The New York Times reported that the strike used some of the biggest conventional bombs.

  • Tens of thousands of people were at risk of being inundated in a near-miss disaster, the report said.

According to the New York Times, a US special operations drone unit struck Syria’s largest dam in 2017, despite the location being on a US military ‘no-strike’ list due to potential flooding risks to civilians. hundreds of thousands of people nearby.

According to two former senior officials of Task Force 9, the unit responsible, the operators used some of the biggest conventional bombs in its arsenal, including one that weighed 2,000 pounds.

Task Force 9 struck the 18-story Taqba Dam along the Euphrates on March 26, 2017, The Times reported citing former unit officials, despite a US military report stating that a strike on the dam could cause flooding that could kill dozens of people. thousands of people living nearby and wiping out entire surrounding villages.

At the time of the strike, ISIS occupied the area in Syria and supervised the operation of the dam.

According to the Times, the United States was blamed by ISIS, Russia and the Syrian government for the strike at the time. Then Lt. General Stephen J. Townsend, however, dismissed the accusation as “crazy reporting”.

“Tabqa Dam is not a coalition target,” Townsend said after the explosion.

US Central Command, the US military command center that oversees combat operations in the Middle East, could not immediately be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for the agency told The Times that only the dam operating towers were targeted, instead of the dam walls. himself.

According to the report, it was thanks to a combination of luck and a team of sharp local engineers that a major flood was averted.

Syrian engineers at the scene told The Times that one of the bombs dropped did not explode on the fifth floor of the complex and that they were able to safely dispose of the bomb, which would otherwise have destroyed the structure.

The two former drone operators said equipment critical to the dam’s operation had been destroyed and the dam’s reservoir had risen 50 feet, nearly overturning and forcing dams in northern Turkey to temporarily suspend their flow of water. ‘water.

According to the report, a ceasefire has been temporarily declared between the warring parties in Syria to allow engineers to restore the function of the dam and avert disaster.

“The destruction would have been unimaginable,” the former director of the dam told The Times on condition of anonymity. “The number of casualties would have exceeded the number of Syrians who died throughout the war.”

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US Special Ops dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on Syria’s largest dam in 2017 despite it being on a ‘no-hit’ list: NYT

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