We know the the U.S. isn’t the one to give lectures about good maintenance of levees and dams, but the deteriorating Mosul dam in Iraq has trickled it’s way up to the top of President Barack Obama’s concerns for the country. President Obama recently spoke with Iraqi PM Abadi about what could happen if the dam isn’t repaired urgently; his call only elevates the longstanding efforts the U.S. and the international community have taken to get Iraqi leaders to invest in repairing the dam. The U.S. has raised the alarm on the Mosul dam since 2007, but has recently issued travel warnings to U.S. citizens who visit or live in Iraq to make plans for evacuation when the dam fails, because apparently it will fail. Like many things built by Saddam Hussein, the dam has a weak foundation and hasn’t been taken care of. 

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