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The Tigris River is the eastern member of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia, the other being the Euphrates. The river flows south from the mountains of southeastern Turkey through Iraq.
Drained by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, Iraq's southern marshlands are undergoing a remarkable comeback. Saddam's attempt to destroy the wetlands came in response to an uprising by Marsh Arabs after the Iran-Raq war but, since his c...
Rising temperatures and dam projects are threatening to finish what Saddam Hussein started and wipe out the wetlands of southern Iraq, along with the ancient culture of the Marsh Arabs. The marshlands were partially restored after Saddam's fall, b...