This file photo taken on Oct. 31, 2007 shows a general view of the Mosul dam on the Tigris River around 50 kilometers north of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraq announced Tuesday that it has awarded Italian firm Trevi a contract to repair and maintain the country's largest dam, which is in danger of catastrophic collapse.The dam has long been in danger of collapse, which U.S. officials have warned could send a huge wave crashing into ISIS-held Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.That essential maintenance stopped in 2014 when ISIS briefly seized the dam.In 2007, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the top American military commander in the country wrote a letter warning that the dam could fail with devastating results.
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