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Italian team arrives as part of Mosul Dam repair project

  • A worker sprays water on machinery used in the maintenance at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)

    A worker sprays water on machinery used in the maintenance at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers adjust pipes and hoses that is used for pumping concrete into the ground at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)

    Workers adjust pipes and hoses that is used for pumping concrete into the ground at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)  (The Associated Press)

  • View of the valves used to open the spillway gate at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)

    View of the valves used to open the spillway gate at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A team of Italian specialists arrived Thursday at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)  (The Associated Press)

A team of Italian specialists has arrived at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq's largest dam before it collapses.

The advance team, which arrived Thursday, will set up a camp for the group of engineers who are expected to arrive within a few weeks.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have repeatedly warned that the dam is in imminent danger of collapse.

In late February, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad called the dam's risk of collapse "serious and unprecedented," and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi asked Mosul residents along the Tigris river to move at least six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from its banks.

The dam outside the Islamic State-held city of Mosul was built in the early 1980s on highly unstable ground.