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Russia criticizes US-led coalition over bombing of Syria dam

  • This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)

    This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday they had paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)

    This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday they had paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows smoke rising near the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)

    This still image taken from drone footage posted online Monday, March. 27, 2017 by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows smoke rising near the Tabqa Dam, in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed forces in northern Syria said Monday paused military operations near a major dam held by the Islamic State group in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability. (Aamaq News Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Russian general has criticized the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants for allegedly targeting infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the extremist group in Syria.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff on Tuesday accused the coalition of trying to "completely destroy critical infrastructure in Syria and complicate post-war reconstruction as much as possible."

Rudskoi further claimed that coalition jets had destroyed four bridges over the Euphrates River in Syria and hit the Tabqa dam to the west of the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa.

Rudskoi said that the collapse of the dam would case an "ecological catastrophe" and lead to "numerous" civilian deaths.

The U.S.-led coalition says it's taking every precaution and that the dam hasn't been structurally damaged.