ISIS Brings in Engineers to Repair Mosul Dam

Reuters is among those reporting that ISIS has brought in engineers to repair the Mosul Dam. It looks like ISIS intends to supply Mosul with water, not open the floodgates, as many have feared.

An engineer at Mosul dam told Reuters that Islamic State fighters had brought in engineers to repair an emergency power line to the city, Iraq's biggest in the north, that had been cut off four days ago, causing power outages and water shortages. "They are gathering people to work at the dam," he said.

ISIS' Ninwa News has released a video of its takeover of the dam. There's no violence in it and you can watch it here or download it here. It says the Peshmerga fled, leaving behind their uniforms, with the TV still running, and provides screenshots. [More....]

A screengrab from the video:

Here's a larger photo with another view.

The video also shows ISIS by this Dohuk sign.

The Yazidis may be in more danger today. Matthew Barber, the University of Chicago scholar who is on scene (see my earlier post for his account yesterday of what has been happening in Singar) is today reporting on Twitter that multiple sources are telling him that ISIS has given the Yazidis a new ultimatum with a very short deadline, possibly today: It's no longer enough to convert to Islam. They must also join the military fight against the Peshmerga.

‏@Matthew__Barber 1h

IS’ test for proving sincerity of conversion is “participation in jihad.” To save his life Yazidi man must convert & then fight his family.

@Matthew__Barber 2h

IS has begun compelling Mosul residents to help them fight Peshmerga. Those refusing to “join the jihad” are threatened with execution.
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    This is how you know... (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 07:53:34 AM EST
    ...these cats aren't religious fanatics at all. Genuine monotheistic literalists would never believe scientists. At their core, like all mass murderers, ISIS are simply deluded psychopaths. Now, are we much different when it comes to our historical military footprint, bootprint, pavement-pizza-print abroad? Not really. But a gruesome enemy with even less respect for life than we have, well, it seems we continue to reap the grotesque mutations of our long sown imperialism.

    Effing sh*thole circus of madbloodcrazies.

    Peace & Love, y'all. I have to go nurse my screwed spine. Morning and night, every day...hoo phucking ray.

    So now we are just like ISIS (1.00 / 2) (#3)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 08:26:40 AM EST
    Dadler, that is so far fetched that it is sick. Even for you it is sick.

    I happen to think ISIS isn't any different (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 08:34:59 AM EST
    from abortion clinic bombers, people like Shawna Forde, or the Dominionists who would have people stoned to death for not believing in their version of Christianity.

    But, then, that's just me.  I don't have a psychology degree, so I'm not qualified to say who is 'sick' and who isn't around here.


    Our sh*t stinks, Jim (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Dadler on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:07:08 AM EST
    Just like everyone else's does. Nothing more, nothing less. But our shit tends to stink worse because we have this habit of waving the Big Foam Finger and chanting "We're Number One!" until it makes one want to leap off the proverbial cliff.

    That said, do you really think I am pro-ISIS? Or that I'd rather live under a Hamas government?


    I'd still like to think we could sit at the poker table and shoot the proverbial sh*t, be it about sports or politics, and remain civil and decently human. Something about just typing words that keeps us foreign. One of the odd ironies of instant communication, I suppose.

    Feeling nice tonight. Peace to you, my fellow free American.


    I wonder what happens (none / 0) (#1)
    by ZtoA on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 06:55:38 PM EST
    so all the women Yazidis.