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Iraq’s Water Crisis

Via the Begin-Sadat Center, a report on Iraq’s water crisis: The Middle East and North Africa are dry, with higher temperatures, fewer rivers, and less rain and snowfall than the rest of the world. Thanks to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Iraq is one of the richest countries in the region in terms of water […]

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Iraq: Big Loser of Middle East Water Wars

Via The Asia Times, an article on how the region’s traditional ‘Fertile Crescent’ is running dry due to upstream damming by water hegemons Turkey and Iran: With two of the world’s most famous rivers flowing through it, Iraq was known for centuries as the Middle East’s “Fertile Crescent,” its rich civilizations watered by the Tigris […]

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Water Crisis Puts 12M At Risk In Syria and Iraq

Via Al Monitor, an article on how higher temperatures, drought and record low rainfall levels are depriving millions of people of drinking and agricultural water: A water crisis in Syria and Iraq has put more than 12 million people at risk of losing access to food, water and electricity, a group of aid organizations said […]

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The Middle East Is Running Out of Water and Becoming Uninhabitable

Via CNN, a report on how the Middle East is running out of water, and parts of it are becoming uninhabitable: The ferries that once shuttled tourists to and from the little islets in Iran’s Lake Urmia sit rusty, unable to move, on what is rapidly becoming a salt plain. Just two decades ago, Urmia was […]

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How Water Shortages Are Brewing Wars

Via BBC, a look at how water shortages are brewing wars: Speaking to me via Zoom from his flat in Amsterdam, Ali al-Sadr pauses to take a sip from a clear glass of water. The irony dawning on him, he lets out a laugh. “Before I left Iraq, I struggled every day to find clean […]

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Tensions Rise As Iranian Dams Cut Off Iraqi Water Supplies

Via Deutsche Welle, an article on how drought in Iran is sparking protests, but its strategy of building dams to conserve water has devastating consequences across the border in Iraq: Alqod Mahmoud stands on the bank of the Diyala River, staring helplessly into the stagnant pond where deep waters once swelled. Diyala means “shouting river” […]

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