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
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.
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.
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.
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)
Top: "The decrease in water levels" , Lake Assad (Photo: Al-Akhbar)
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."