"Baghdad Urged to Tackle Water Crisis"

"BAGHDAD -- Iraqis are calling on their incoming government to devote more energy to resolving the country's chronic water problems, with some experts stating that water will be more important than oil in the long-term development of the country.

Even as recent rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken Iraq, the historic problem of water scarcity has forced tens of thousands of rural Iraqis from their homes."

Saleem al-Hasani and Basim al-Shara report for Environment News Service June 10, 2010.

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"Vital River Is Withering, and Iraq Has No Answer" (New York Times)

Monday, June 14, 2010