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Turkey: Ilisu Dam and Iraqi Water Woes

Via Future Directions International, a report on Turkey and Iraq water cooperation and competition: The Ilisu Dam is located on the Tigris River in Turkey, and, once filled, will be a source of both water and hydropower. In the past, Turkey has been criticised for withholding water behind other dams and reducing the flow into […]

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War For Water? Iraq, Syria, and Turkey To Fight Next Over Rivers?

Via Newsweek, a look at water tension in the Middle East: The next war in the Middle East could be fought over water as Iraq, Syria and Turkey scramble to assert claims to two vital rivers that run through the region, according to a new report. Nabil al-Samman, a Syrian expert on international waters, made the case for […]

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Catastrophic Drought Threatens Iraq As Dams In Surrounding Countries Cut Off Water To Its Great Rivers

Via The Independent, an article on  how – after decades of war – Iraq is in danger of losing the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates as Turkey, Syria and Iran dam its rivers, turning parts of the country into desert: “I once rescued a friend from drowning when he was swept away by the force of […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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Turkey Uses Ilisu Dam to Play Politics with Iraq’s Water Supply

Via Future Directions International, a report on Turkey’s use of Ilisu dam to play politics with Iraq’s water supply: Background Turkey’s decision to start filling the Ilisu dam earlier than promised, took Iraq by surprise. Iraq is currently suffering from a water crisis, as drought and the dams built by Turkey slow the flow of […]

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Turkey Seeks to Reassure Iraqis Over Upstream Dam

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on Turkish/Iraqi water concerns: Turkey said Tuesday that Iraqis have nothing to fear from the filling of an upstream reservoir on the Tigris River, saying “sufficient quantities of water” would continue to flow to the neighboring country. Ambassador Fatih Yildiz told reporters in Baghdad that it will […]

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