Press Roundup: 12 – 18 May 2019

Monday 13/05/19

WASH Handbook for Teachers and Facilitators

Wednesday 15/05/19

Harsh Summer, Wet Winter? A Long Term View of Iraq’s Water Resources (report)
Iraq Energy Institute – Robert Tollast, Nick Waters & Lutz Krebs

UN Food and Agriculture Organization opens new office in Sulaimani

30 billion cubic meters of water wasted in 2019 due to lack of dams in Kurdistan: Director
Kurdistan 24 – Hiwa Shilani

Thursday 16/05/19

Abdul-Mahdi and Erdogan discuss ‘decisive’ action against PKK

Iraq Has Procured 883,122 Tonnes of Local Wheat -Minister
Successful Farming

ISIS elements set fire to many wheat fields in Nineveh
The Baghdad Post 

Syria’s oil, gas and water – the Immiscible Solution to the War in Syria
Lima Charlie News – Dr. Gary K. Busch

Friday 17/05/19

Damage to 120 Meter Road halts traffic near Baharka exit in Erbil

Saturday 18/05/19

In Iraq’s Diyala, 400 acres of Kurdish crops burned
Kurdistan 24 – Hiwa Shilani

Takeaways from My Interaction with Former MWR Hassan Janabi

  • The only way to approach the issues of transboundary waters is through cooperation. 


  • During his 2 years as MWR he visited Turkey exactly 6 times.
  • These visits have contributed to a higher level of understanding on the Turkish part of the water challenges facing Iraq. 
  • Ultimate goal of Iraq’s diplomatic efforts towards Turkey was, and still is, to achieve a long-term water sharing agreement that goes beyond technical cooperation. 
  • Equitable and reasonable utilisation of shared water is essential to maintain good economic relations with Turkey as well as peace and security in the region. 


  • Water relations with Syria have been good since the late 1980s when the two countries signed an agreement to share the incoming inflows from Turkey on the Euphrates at the Syrian border with Turkey (58% for Iraq and 42% for Syria). 


  • Water relations with Iran are “a bit” confusing and more work on the part of both sides is “seriously” required.
  • Although the Iraq-Iran bilateral economic, social and political relations are at their best, the water relation is still to be improved so Iraq’s rightful share of water could be guaranteed.

Press Roundup: 5 – 11 May 2019

Sunday 05/05/19

Heavy floods in Iraq’s southern governorate of Missan leaves over 100,000 children in need of urgent assistance

Spotlight: Turkey’s struggling agriculture expects lifeline
The Rahnuma

Tuesday 07/05/19

Iraq close to signing $53 billion deal with Exxon, PetroChina; denies Iran link

Wednesday 08/05/19

Petrodollars fail to ease Basra’s water crisis (podcast)
Financial Times – Chloe Cornish

Saturday 11/05/19

Iraq harvests almost 500,000 tonnes of local wheat at start of season
Business Recorder – Parvez Jabri

Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi to visit Turkey on Wednesday: Turkish official

MP blames delay of Baghdad’s Khansaa project on corruption
The Baghdad Post

Press Roundup: 28 Apr – 4 May 2019

Sunday 28/04/19

Erdoğan to visit Iraq by end of this year, FM Çavuşoğlu says
Daily Sabah 

Monday 29/04/19

Iraq’s city of black gold pays a high price for petrodollars
Financial Times – Chloe Cornish 

Tuesday 30/04/19

Iraq bans import of Squash (KOSA) from all over the world
KNN India

‘Our water pollution is a cancer’
BBC News 

WATCH: Deadly sandstorm hits several Iraq provinces, 5 reported dead, over 100 injured
Kurdistan 24 

Wednesday 01/05/19

Despite full reservoirs, Iraq water woes far from over
Yahoo News – Maya Gebeily

Syria to pay farmers more for their wheat: report

Thursday 02/05/19

Rains Like No Other: Iraq Is Tested in Era of Climate Change
The New York Times

Press Roundup: 21 – 27 Apr 2019

Sunday 21/04/19

Basra major water project to open Oct. 24: Min.
The Baghdad Post

Iraqis furious with militiamen aiding Iran while ignoring troubles at home
The Arab Weekly – Azhar Al-Rubaie

Minister Falah Mustafa and Dutch delegation focused on institutions, agriculture and food processing in Kurdistan
KRG Department of Foreign Relations

PM Barzani orders confiscation of illegal oil refinery equipment

Monday 22/04/19

Civilian electrocuted to death in Qamishlo due to flooding from heavy rainfall
Kurdistan 24 

Op-Ed by Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on International Mother Earth Day, 22 April 2019
Reliefweb – Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert 

Wave of Late-season Snow Hits Parts of Kurdistan Region (Photos)

Tuesday 23/04/19

Camp planning in Iraq and Kurdistan critical to slowing water pollution
Rudaw – Chris Johannes

WHO sends new shipment of emergency equipment and medical supplies to Missan
World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office

Wednesday 24/04/19

Mosul Dam Close to Overflow: Warning for Tigris Bank
Iraq Daily Journal

‘Water is life’: unexpected rainfall revives Iraq’s historic marshlands
Reuters – Raya Jalabi

Thursday 25/04/19

High-level Russian delegation in Iraq to discuss trade ties

Iraq on Track to Harvest 5 Mln Tonnes of Wheat, Reducing Import Needs
Successful Farming 

Iraq’s oil boom could be derailed by a lack of water
CNN – Zahraa Alkhalisi 

Saturday 27/04/19

Çavuşoğlu to discuss water issues, reconstruction, political ties with Iraqi officials
Daily Sabah

Press Roundup: 14 – 20 Apr 2019

Sunday 14/04/19

Death toll of Mosul ferry capsize rises to 116, say authorities

Japan provides support to restore crtical services in Iraq’s newly liberated areas [EN/AR]

Wasit and Maysan are most affected by torrents and the Iraqi Red Crescent mobilizes its relief teams to provide shelter, food and relief assistance.
Iraqi Red Crescent Society

Monday 15/04/19

Iraq gets 1200+ M/W due to increasing water storage
Iraq Tradelink News Agency

Iraqi ministers vow more services in Kirkuk visit with acting governor

Increasing the number of affected families due to the torrents to more than 4700 families.
Iraqi Red Crescent Society

Tuesday 16/04/19

Dozens of Kurdish farmers protest in Baghdad for wheat harvest payments

Glimpse At Some Of The Liberated Areas Of Iraq
Musings on Iraq – Joel Wing

Iran cuts oil output in some areas to save flood-hit people

UK announces £1 billion in support for British firms investing in Iraq

We need $40m to repair Region’s bridges: Housing and Construction Minister

Wednesday 17/04/19

Kurdish farmers gather outside palace to voice concerns to President Salih

OPINION: What More Than 150 Members Of ISIS Taught Us About Water Security
The Daily Caller – Anne Speckhard & Ardian Shajkovci

Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia
Mesopotamian Water Forum

Thursday 18/04/19

Hydroelectric power generation sets new record
Daily Sabah 

Iraq – Floods: Update No. 3 (as of 18 April 2019)
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Iraq Govt Not Dealing With Declining Farming And Environmental Problems Threatening Food Security
Musings on Iraq – Joel Wing

Mosul Dam reinforcement ongoing as water reaches 30-year high

Friday 19/04/19

Sulaimani snuffs out black smoke of 14 illegal refineries
Rudaw – Saman Basharati