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Almost Half Of Iraqi Marshlands Restored

(RFE/RL) December 7, 2006 - The UN has hailed as a success a project to restore marshlands in southern Iraqi drained by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s.

The UN says satellite images show about 50 percent of the marshlands have been restored.

The destruction of the marshlands, an act of punishment against the region's restive Shi'ite Muslim majority, was viewed as both an environmental and a cultural catastrophe.


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