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2009-07-30 14:47:15

Iraq is on the brink of an environmental catastrophe thanks to decades of war, mismanagement and drought, environmentalists say. Near daily dust storms, and shriveling riverbeds and marshes are turning arable land into desert, killing trees and plants, and transforming what was once the region's most fertile soil into an agricultural wasteland, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. We're talking about something that's making the breadbasket of Iraq look like the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma in...

2008-06-29 09:00:57

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 14 June [Report by Husayn Thaghab in Baghdad: "The Drop in Water Levels Worries Farmers, Fish-Breeders"] It [water scarcity] is a fact that has a negative impact on the reality of agriculture and life in Iraq. It has started to complicate the problems of the Iraqi economy and to increase the imbalance, which it suffers from, in all activities that support the economy. Agriculture, which is considered to be one of the...

2006-05-14 02:03:55

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Clashes erupted between insurgents and Iraqi security forces fighting along with U.S. troops in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, killing one policeman and wounding three others, sources said. A Reuters reporter in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of the capital, said there was heavy exchange of machinegun fire. No more details were immediately available. Police and hospital sources said one policeman was killed and three wounded. Mosul, Iraq's third...

2005-12-07 11:36:59

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday touted progress in helping the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Mosul rebuild as he tried to bolster American confidence in his Iraq war policy. As part of a series of speeches before the December 15 election, Bush highlighted rebuilding of electrical plants, schools, hospitals and businesses despite the insurgency. The White House has taken the offensive against critics who say the administration does not have a...

2005-12-07 11:40:20

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday touted progress in helping the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Mosul rebuild as he tried to bolster American confidence in his Iraq war policy. As part of a series of speeches before the December 15 election, Bush highlighted rebuilding of electrical plants, schools, hospitals and businesses despite the insurgency. The White House has taken the offensive against critics who say the administration does not have a...

2005-11-19 10:22:13

By Waleed Ibrahim and Mohammed Abbas CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians brought the deep divisions in their country to Cairo on Saturday at the start of a three-day conference meant to promote national reconciliation. While Shi'ite Muslim and Kurdish leaders called for condemnations of violence by insurgents, Sunni Muslim leaders said the U.S. occupation was the root of the problem and terrorism would continue until the Americans leave. When President Jalal Talabani and Prime...

2005-10-22 07:44:55

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A push by the Cairo-based Arab League to gather Iraq's divided factions for a national reconciliation conference gained momentum on Saturday after Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric gave his blessing to the initiative. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, whose views are influential among Iraq's 60 percent Shi'ite majority, told Amr Moussa, the head of the 22-state Arab League, that he supported the idea of a conference in Cairo next month, Moussa said on Saturday. "He gave...

2005-10-17 14:54:51

By Alastair Macdonald and Waleed Ibrahim BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's disaffected Sunni Arab minority finds itself at a crossroads of sorts after taking part in large numbers for the first time in a free election. Tempting the Sunnis further toward politics and away from revolt will take skilful bargaining by other Iraqi leaders -- and U.S. diplomats trying to stifle a budding civil war. The likely "Yes" result in Saturday's constitutional referendum may prompt an upsurge in violence;...

2005-10-16 11:35:53

By Andrew Quinn and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi voters have probably approved a new U.S.-backed constitution, overcoming fierce Sunni Arab opposition in a vote Washington hopes will boost its beleaguered Iraq strategy, results showed on Sunday. Early counts from Saturday's referendum indicated the vote split as expected along largely communal lines, reflecting the bitter ethnic and religious tensions that have cost thousands of Iraqi lives since the U.S.-led invasion in...

2005-10-16 09:03:39

By Andew Quinn and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. secretary of state said on Sunday Iraq's new U.S.-brokered constitution had probably passed, overcoming fierce Sunni Arab opposition in a vote seen by Washington as a boost for its beleaguered Iraq strategy. Partial results from Saturday's referendum showed the vote split as expected on along largely communal lines in a vote that tight security kept largely peaceful -- although five U.S. soldiers were killed in the Sunni...


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