A crater is seen at the entrance of Mosul Dam August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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The top U.S. general in Iraq warned Thursday of the potential collapse of Mosul Dam in the country's north, saying that such an event could prove "catastrophic".The U.S.-led coalition is still determining the likelihood the hydroelectric dam could collapse but has developed a contingency plan alongside the Iraqi government, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said Thursday.A report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2006 called Mosul Dam "the most dangerous dam in the world" because of its propensity to erode.The 2006 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report said the dam's collapse would put the city of Mosul under 20 meters of water and kill up to half a million people.
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