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‘Desert’: Drying Euphrates Threatens Disaster In Syria

Via Terra Daily, an article on how a drying Euphrates threatens disaster in Syria: Syria’s longest river used to flow by his olive grove, but today Khaled al-Khamees says it has receded into the distance, parching his trees and leaving his family with hardly a drop to drink. “It’s as if we were in the desert,” […]

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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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Middle East and North Africa: Dry and Disorderly

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on the parched countries of the Middle East and North Africa: In the neighbourhood of Algiers where the presidential palace and foreign embassies are located, some think the water pressure has increased of late. But don’t tell those living in the suburbs of Algeria’s capital, where the taps have […]

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‘Weaponizing Water’ in Northeast Syria

Via Crux, commentary on warningss that Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in northeast Syria: Parts of Syria’s north where Kurds, Christians and Yazidis have practiced religious freedom in recent years are reportedly again under attack by mainly Turkish military and their allied Syrian Islamist fighters. The Syrian Democratic Council, which oversees the autonomous northeast of Syria, […]

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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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Turkish Use of Water As A Weapon To Pressure Kurds

Via Future Directions International, a report on Turkey’s use of water as a weapon to pressure Kurds: There have been concerns that the fragile security situation in parts of north-eastern Syria could be undermined by a lack of water. According to Al-Monitor, Turkey increased its pressure on Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria last month, by stopping the Alok […]

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