Press Roundup: 24 – 30 Mar 2019

Sunday 24/03/19

Iraq’s water crisis between Iran and Turkey and international agreements
Rawabat Center

Monday 25/03/19

Heavy rains block roads, damage homes in Kurdistan Region
Rudaw

Heavy rains flood Syria-Iraq border crossing vital to Kurds
WRAL

Iran floods: Torrential rain and rising water kill 17 and widen political divides
The Independent – Borzou Daragahi

Iraq, Kurdistan Region floods: Youth killed, infrastructure damaged as local govs declare holiday
Kurdistan 24 – Nadia Riva

KRG forms security teams to shut down unlicensed oil refineries
Kurdistan 24 – Karzan Sulaivany

Iraqi Red Crescent: Precautionary preparations to face rain torrents in a number of governorates.
Iraqi Red Crescent Society

Tuesday 26/03/19

Bridge linking Iraq to Kurdistan Region ‘may collapse at any moment’
Rudaw

Floods wreak havoc across Iran, Kurdistan, Syria
Rudaw

Iraqi ministry to dismantle floating bridges over Tigris River
The Baghdad Post

No risk to Darbandikhan Dam after heavy rains in Kurdistan Region: Officials
NRT

Wednesday 27/03/19

Abdul-Mahdi, Rouhani discuss flash flooding response
Rudaw 

Authorities in Dukan warn people near dam of rising water levels on the Little Zab
NRT

Basra MP calls on Abd al-Mahdi to compensate locals affected by floods
The Baghdad Post

10 Iraq provinces could announce state of emergency due to floods
Middle East Monitor

Karkheh dam outflow increased
Trend News Agency

Turkey accused of reducing water flows to Syria damaging agriculture and electricity supplies
The Region – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Thursday 28/03/19

Dukan Dam increases downstream flow after heavy rains: authorities
NRT

Friday 29/03/19

Fears of flash floods in Iraq as torrential rains continue
Kurdistan 24 – John J. Catherine

VIDEO: Family of 12 left with only tractor after flood submerge house and land
Kurdistan 24 – Sangar Ali

Water levels rise in Little Zab after Dukan dam releases downstream (Video)
NRT

Saturday 30/03/19

Engineer insists Mosul Dam not in danger despite heavy rain
Rudaw

Flood warnings force school closures across Kurdistan Region
Rudaw

Iran Evacuates Flood-Threatened Villages after Heavy Rains Kill Dozens
Asharq al-Awsat

Press Roundup: 17 – 23 Mar 2019

Sunday 17/03/19

Floods hit Mosul and Duhok, submerge cars, collapse bridges
Kurdistan 24 – Kosar Nawzad

Iraq to get 10 billion pound loan for British contracts
Reuters – Ahmed Rasheed

Official welcome cannot hide Iraqis’ misgivings about Rohani’s visit
The Arab Weekly – Azhar Al-Rubaie

PM Abdul-Mahdi says boosting agricultural productions ‘top priority’
The Baghdad Post

Water woes hit henna plant farms in Iraq’s Fao peninsula
Reuters – Mohamed Atie, Aref Mohammed 

Monday 18/03/19

One of the largest agriculture project will be opened
Imam Hussein Holy Shrine

The ISIS Ambassador to Turkey
Homeland Security Today – Anne Speckhard, Ardian Shajkovci

Tuesday 19/03/19

As World Water Day Approaches, Tigris Protectors Highlight Iraq’s Water Challenges
Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

Australia donates US$ 6.1 million to improve access to clean water for children in southern Iraq
United Nations in Iraq

Smaquli flooding sparks discussion on government accountability
Rudaw – Zhelwan Z wali 

Wednesday 20/03/19

Flooding threatens Majnoon field
Iraq Oil Report – Ali al-Aqily, Jassim al-Jabiri

Iraqi Wheat Output Increases, but Farmers are Still Vulnerable
Future Directions – Phoebe Sleet

Water Diplomacy Not Enough to Fix Iran-Iraq’s Water Dispute 
Pacific Council – Banafsheh Keynoush

Thursday 21/03/19

Iraq ferry sinking: ‘More than 70 dead’ in Tigris river
BBC News

Friday 22/03/19

Feature: Rehabilitation of canal irrigation system brings hope for Iraqi returnees affected by IS
Xinhua Net – Xuxin

The Iraq Report: Iran sidesteps US sanctions via Iraq
The New Arab

War may be over but Basra’s battle for clean water continues
The National – Mina Aldroubi 

Saturday 23/03/19

Will Iraq lose its benefits from Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?
al-Monitor – Omar al-Jaffal

Press Roundup: 10 – 16 Mar 2019

Monday 11/03/19

Iran President Rouhani arrives in Iraq for 3-day visit
Rudaw

Stories from Iraq: This is My Land
Medair – Sue O’Connor

Water behind major dams shrinks despite rainfalls
Tehran Times

Wednesday 13/03/19

Iraq and Sudan show how climate change fuels war
The New Arab – Austin Bodetti 

World should repay Iraq for sacrifices in ISIS war: Iraqi PM
Rudaw

Thursday 14/03/19

Iraq: Agriculture lands drown following two dams collapse in Basra
Middle East Monitor

Iraq sees wheat crop almost doubling on more rainfall
Reuters

Friday 15/03/19

Mystery Spill At Mosul Lake: Analyzing Potential Causes Of Pollution
Bellingcat – Wim Zwijnenburg

Saturday 16/03/19

90 suffocate from gas leak in eastern Iraq: health ministry
Xinhua – Yan

Wim Zwijnenburg’s Twitter thread on dam breaks

Press Roundup: 3 – 9 Mar 2019

Sunday 03/03/19

Why is Rohani going to Iraq?
The Arab Weekly – Hamed al-Kilani

Monday 04/03/19

Authorities in Duhok take closer look at 57 refineries operating without licensing
Rudaw – Nasr Ali

Mosul residents lead the clean-up operation as the city emerges from years under ISIL control
ReliefWeb

Tuesday 05/03/19

In Baghdad’s outskirts water is now clean and safe
UNICEF – Carlo Jeelo

Kurdistan, Iraq rely more on rice imports to meet demand
Rudaw – Rawa Abdullah 

Official says strategic Tabqa town reassured US to remain in northeastern Syria
Kurdistan 24 – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Wednesday 06/03/19

Iraq: Water pollution continues to threaten lives of Basra residents
Rudaw

UN finds herpes killed millions of Iraqi carp
Rudaw

Thursday 07/03/19

Basra hospitalisations caused by Iran water blockade, says Iraqi minister
The National – Mina Aldroubi

Erdogan says Turkey will start filling Ilisu dam in June
Reuters

Press Roundup: 24 Feb – 2 Mar 2019

Sunday 24/02/19

How Water Scarcity Exacerbated Iraq’s History of Political Violence
offiziere.ch – Austin Michael Bodetti

Iraq Issues Wheat Tender, Seeking 50,000 Tons From US, Canada or Australia
NRT

Monday 25/02/19

Projects for water issue, opening new border gate possible uses for Turkey’s reconstruction loan: Iraqi envoy
Daily Sabah – Özgenur Sevinç

Tuesday 26/02/19

France’s Macron to visit Iraq later this year
Business Standard

Iraq: 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (January – December 2019)
ReliefWeb – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Thursday 28/02/19

Disputes over water will be an increasing source of international tension
The Economist