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Western hostilities toward Syria reached a new level of viciousness. Al-Akahbar English reports:

"The Turkish government recently cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis. Al-Akahbar found out that the water level in Lake Assad has dropped by about six meters, leaving millions of Syrians without drinking water." Suhaib Anjarini, Al Akahbar, May 30

The water cutoff by the Turkish government caused Lake Assad to drop six feet threatening two million people in and around Aleppo, Syria's second largest city. The Euphrates originates in Turkey and also provides a critical water source for Iraq.

Turkey, a NATO member, strongly opposes to the current government of Syria. The Turkish border to Syria is a major supply route for weapons and foreign fighters against the Syrian government.

Along with China and Brunei, Turkey refused to sign the United Nation's agreement on International Watercourses. The agreement calls for the "equitable and reasonable" sharing of rivers, wither they originate or flow into a nation. In addition, the agreement states that nations shall "take all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm."

Turkey and Iraq have claimed Turkish manipulation of the Euphrates as far back as 1975. Syria and Iraq argue that years of drought conditions are caused or worsened by Turkish water policy. The outright cutoff of the Euphrates by the extremist and unstable government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan represents a Turkish act of aggression against both Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish propaganda machine is gearing up to blame the water crisis on ISIS, an Al Qaeda affiliated Syrian rebel group. The Al-Akahbar article below notes that this could not be the case.

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Watch closely how the U.S. State Department handles this crisis. If we're told that Syrian rebels are to blame, that's a red light that NATO is creating a false flag to justify the Holy Grail of NATO military action against the Syrian government. Hopefully, the U.S. and other nations call this what it is -- a human rights abuse of epic proportions committed by an unstable autocrat, Turkish PM Erdogan, at the head of a major NATO nation.

The article from Al-Akahbar English is produced in full below with permission.

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AL-AKAHBAR English
A new Turkish aggression against Syria: Ankara suspends pumping Euphrates' water
By: Suhaib Anjarini
Published >Friday, May 30, 2014 (Link)
Reproduced with permission (Creative Commons 3.0)


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The Turkish government recently cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis. Al-Akhbar found out that the water level in Lake Assad has dropped by about six meters, leaving millions of Syrians without drinking water.

Two weeks ago, the Turkish government once again intervened in the Syrian crisis. This time was different from anything it had attempted before and the repercussions of which may bring unprecedented catastrophes onto both Iraq and Syria.

Violating international norms, the Turkish government recently cut off the water supply of the Euphrates River completely. In fact, Ankara began to gradually reduce pumping Euphrates water about a month and half ago, then cut if off completely two weeks ago, according to information received by Al-Akhbar.

A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that water levels in the Lake Assad (a man-made water reservoir on the Euphrates) recently dropped by six meters from its normal levels (which means losing millions of cubic meters of water). The source warned that "a further drop of one additional meter would put the dam out of service."

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Wow. Such a huge decision it had to have been to ... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:44:01 AM
Those are very good questions. The Al-Akahbar rep... by Michael Collins on Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 2:59:31 PM
Update: July 2014Iraq, Syria Forced to Turn to Se... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 3:03:34 PM
Excelllent questions Kim __ always easier for medi... by urb musak on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 4:45:28 PM
This was bound to happen. We have too many people... by Shirley Braverman on Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 6:33:36 AM
As for "bound to happen," I recall thinking 'What ... by Michael Collins on Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 4:28:36 PM
This is an act of war. What if the downstream coun... by Paul Easton on Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 11:55:04 PM
Good question, raising the absurd point. Of cours... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:19:00 AM
Yikes, it sounds like a mob-type deal, where one w... by Kim Cassidy on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 5:31:26 AM
When glorious USA covertly implicated in this wate... by urb musak on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 4:59:25 PM
With the trend in the United States being "drill b... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 6:12:04 AM
Be serious Dennis. The concern of our elected lawm... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:27:40 PM
Dennis this is just beginning to be addressed in t... by Shirley Braverman on Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:14:43 AM
Erdogan is setting himself up. This should give t... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:33:38 AM
There is another aspect to this thing that adds an... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:30:54 AM
Of course such band-aids as bottled water and vacc... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:44:54 AM
You are talking about the movie Elysium. But place... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:42:53 AM
I never saw the movie, but I'm sure it made a lot ... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:16:23 AM
Lets hope the crucial era is yet to come. But by n... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:18:38 PM