Militants curb water supply
Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water f lowing to government-held areas in western Iraq’s Anbar province, an official said.
The reduced flow of water through the militantheld dam on the Euphrates River will threaten irrigation systems and water treatment plants in nearby areas controlled by troops and tribes opposed to the Sunni extremist group, provincial council member Taha Abdul-Ghani said.
Abdul-Ghani said there would be no immediate effect on Shiite Muslim areas in central and southern Iraq, which get their water from the Tigris River.
Meanwhile, United Nations officials urgently called for $497 million in donations to provide shelter, food, water and other life-saving services for the next six months to Iraqis displaced or affected by the fighting between government forces and the Islamic State group.