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War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis.  These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and the source of livelihood for fishermen and herders who have called the marshes home for generations. But drought that has stretched for two decades means less fresh water flowing into the marshes.  As water levels fall, salinity goes up, leading to fish kills. The lack of fresh water has also pushed Marsh Arabs who own livestock -...

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