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Aswan Dam

[(as-wahn, as-wahn)]

Dam just south of Aswan, a city in southern Egypt (see also Egypt), on the Nile River. One of the world's largest dams.

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The United States and Britain withdrew financial aid for the dam's construction in 1956, after which the Soviet Union took over much of the financing.
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