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  • Egyptian construction firm Arab Contractors Company has qualified for the final stage of a $300 million USD desalination and drinking water pipeline network project in the southern Iraqi governorate of Basra, company officials said on May 6.
  • The Iraqi parliament earlier this week approved a total budget of $3.4 billion USD for drinking water and sanitation projects in 2013.
  • The Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities on February 25 announced $750 million USD worth of new water projects in Basra.
  • Rebels took control of Syria’s biggest hydropower dam last week, according to insurgents in the country and abroad. The seizing of the Taqba Dam, located near the town of Thawra, some 150 kilometers southeast of Aleppo, was also seen in some videos uploaded to the Internet, the authenticity of which could not immediately be verified.
  • Large parts of the Middle East region have seen a rapid decline in freshwater reserves over the last decade, according to a new study to be published on February 15 in the journal Water Resources Research.
  • 1 Jun 2012- 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Iraq, BAGHDAD Arab League water ministers officially approved a "unified water strategy" on May 31 during a summit in Baghdad. There was further agreement to cooperate on joint management of common aquifers, and share experiences in dealing