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Iraqi Kurdistan Faces Water ‘Catastrophe’ As Iran Cuts Off Rivers

Via Middle East Eye, a report on how Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing a humanitarian crisis due to Iran’s dam projects and water resources diversion: Iraqi Kurdistan has suffered its fair share of water crises over the decades, but experts warn that a catastrophe is now looming large as Iran blocks major water supplies from the […]

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As Neighbors Build Dams, Iraqi Rivers Dry Up

Via Terra Daily, a report on the impact of Iran and Turkish dams on Iraq’s water supply: With its neighbours activating new dams, Iraq’s historic twin rivers could run dry — unless new infrastructure projects and tense talks with Turkey and Iran bear fruit. Nowhere is the effect on the country more palpable than in […]

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Iraq Warns Of River Flow Drop From Iran

Via The Frontier Post, a report on reduced river flow into Iraq from Iran:  Iraq on Saturday warned of a significant drop in water flows from the Sirwan and Little Zab rivers coming from northeastern Iran. Awni Diab, a spokesman for the Water Resources Ministry, said the drop in water flows from the two rivers […]

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Iraq Faces Severe Shortages As River Flows Drop

Via The Hour, commentary on the impact of Turkish water projects on regional supplies: Iraq’s minister of water resources says his country will face severe water shortages if agreements are not forged with neighboring Turkey over Ankara’s irrigation and dam projects that have decreased river inflows to Iraq’s parched plains. Descending from the mountains of […]

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Water Shortage and Unrest In Iraq

Via Global Risk Insights, a report on the link between water shortages, politics, and unrest in Iraq: Around 70% of Iraq’s water comes from sources outside of its territory, predominantly originating in Turkey and Iran. Since 1975, the flow of water from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers from Turkey into Iraq has declined by 80%. Over 80% of Iraq’s current water […]

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Water Insecurity in Southern Iraq Presents Problems for Government

Via Future Directions International, an article on Four million people in the southern Iraqi province of Basra are water insecure, despite the Shatt al-Arab (formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) flowing through the region. For many years, factors such as reduced water flow, sea water intrusion, pollution and mismanagement of the waterway, […]

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