Google Maps Renames Lake Assad

19 Dec 2014 by Local Press Report

“Lake Assad,” a man-made body of water in northern Syria, has been renamed “Revolution Lake” on Google Maps. The lake in northern Syria was completed in 1974 under the rule of Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad. Water from the Euphrates River was held back by the construction of the Tabqa Dam, and then used to flood the area downstream of the new hydroelectric facility -- the construction of both lake and dam was funded by the then Soviet Union. The lake covers 610 square kilometres, and supplies most of the drinking water to the key city of Aleppo via a pipeline...

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