Ominous Tokens In Strained Iran-Iraq Relations: Are Conflicting Interests On Water Supply Heralding a New Crisis?

January 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Ominous Tokens In Strained Iran-Iraq Relations: Are Conflicting Interests On Water Supply Heralding a New Crisis?

David Leupold, ORSAM Middle East Research Assistant

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize the seriousness of this issue, referring to a U.N. report published in 2003, stating that 30 of 37 water conflicts within the last 50 years took stage in the Middle East, thus competition in the field of water supply among countries of this region is regarded as a precarious circumstance and raises worries about military conflicts, which could arise from it. 19 Hereby it is important to note that endeavors of Iran to maintain its water supply has not only strained its relations with Iraq, but also most recently with Afghanistan. In fact, the works on the rehabilitation of the Kajaki dam powerhouse, initiated by ISAF forces in 2007, was faced with stern concern by Iranian officials as it controls the water flow to Iran.

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