Iraq: 450 Italians Soldier will be sent to the Mossul Area.

Italy will send 450 troops to Iraq to defend the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants, according to an announcement by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, AFP reported Dec. 16. The dam was built by a German-Italian consortium in the 1980s and provides water and power to more than one million people. Trevi, an […]

Italy will send 450 troops to Iraq to defend the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants, according to an announcement by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, AFP reported Dec. 16.

The dam was built by a German-Italian consortium in the 1980s and provides water and power to more than one million people. Trevi, an Italian construction and energy group, has reportedly secured a $2 billion contract to repair the dam.

Any significant damage to the dam could cause major flooding in Mosul, home to nearly two million people and the site of a battle that have been prepared by the principal actors,  between Western-backed Iraqi forces and the Islamic State. Islamic State militants briefly took control of the Mosul Dam in August 2014, and were pushed back by the Kurds.

However they still currently occupy the city of Mosul. This Strategy is made in order to counter the Strategy of ISIS for 2016 which entails taking the control of strategic infrastructure such as Water installations.

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