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Draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes

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2018 Iraq Tigris swamp area IMG_3427

2018 Iraq Tigris swamp area IMG_3427

Draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes

- The draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes occurred in Iraq and to a smaller degree in Iran between the 1950s and 1990s to clear large areas of the marshes in the Tigris-Euphrates river system. Formerly covering an area of around , the main sub-marshes, the Hawizeh, Central, and Hammar marshes and all three were drained at different times for different reasons. The draining of the marshes was undertaken primarily for political ends, namely to force the Ma'dan people, or Marsh Arabs, out of the are…
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