Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes, which straddle the famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are blossoming once more.
ISIS militants have been pushed back against the Tigris river after a gruelling eight-month campaign by Iraqi security forces.
Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake the Old City neighborhood in mid-June. After a dawn push last Thursday, they retook the area around the al-Nuri Mosque, which the militants had blown up just a few days earlier. After days of fierce battles, Iraqi military officers say IS now controls just over 1 sq km in all, or about 0.40 sq miles.
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