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Once known as Mesopotamia, this area's two large rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, are fed by its swamps, marshes and lakes. Surrounded by desert, it is one of the most important sources of water in the upper Persian Gulf, the ecology of which relies upon it. In 1994, Iraq, under Saddam Hussein, worked to dry up the marshes and re-rout the rivers in order to gain political control over the local inhabitants, the Marsh Arabs. This also caused the loss of 52 native fish species, as well as water birds, and mammals species such wild boar and buffalo. Water rights arguments between Turkey, Syria and Iraq are also turning the swamp into a political football, but hopefully common sense – and this most beautiful of swamps – will prevail.

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