Aral Sea's Death Stokes Tensions in Central Asia

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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

The dying of the Aral Sea is increasing tensions in the five countries of the region, potentially sparking new, larger military conflicts, according to Russian expert Mikhail Vovk. The desertification of the inland water bodies "could lead in the foreseeable future to the rise of a series of armed conflicts between states [there] over the right to control sources of potable water,"