An Iraqi shepherd herds sheep in a cemetery on the banks of the Tigris River in the village of Wana, some 10 kms south of the Mosul Dam, on March 3, 2016. AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Amid growing talk that Iraq's largest dam risks bursting, residents of the town of Wana, which would be wiped out within minutes of a breach, are both skeptical and anxious. Wana lies a bit more than 10 kilometers downstream from the Mosul dam on the Tigris River, the first town on the path of a possible doomsday wave. A major failure of the dam would unleash millions of cubic meters of water down the valley and Wana would be swept by a wave experts say could reach more than 15 meters in height. The militant organization that swept across Iraq in 2014 briefly took the dam, which is now under the control of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces.
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