Environmentalists, r…
Environmentalists, rejoice over the war in Iraq!

Iraq’s southern marshlands — nearly ruined under the Saddam Hussein regime — have been making a “phenomenal” recovery, a U.N. agency said Wednesday

The U.N. Environmental Program said the wetlands, which had been regarded as “a key natural habitat for people, wildlife and fisheries,” have bounced back to about 40 percent of the area they covered in the 1970s.

The region had been “damaged significantly since the 1970s, due to upstream dam construction and drainage operations” by the former regime, according to the U.N. Environmental Program.

But after the toppling of the Saddam regime, officials embarked on restoration and people “began opening floodgates and breaching embankments in order to bring water back into the marshlands.”

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