IS reduces water supply to government areas in Iraq’s Anbar

Author: Associated Press
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BAGHDAD (AP) – An official says the Islamic State group has reduced the amount of water flowing to government-held areas in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

Provincial council member Taha Abdul-Ghani told The Associated Press on Thursday that the decision to reduce the flow through a dam on the Euphrates River will threaten irrigation systems and water treatment plants in nearby areas controlled by troops and tribes opposed to the extremist group.

He ruled out any immediate effect on Shiite areas in central and southern Iraq, saying water is being diverted to those areas from the Tigris River.

The IS group captured Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, last month, marking its most significant advance since a U.S.-led coalition began an air campaign against the extremists last year.

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