Racing to save last of ME’s Forests from Burning

By Peter Schwartzstein, for National Geographic.

Iranian border guards have started scores of blazes along their shared frontier to clear their lines of sight along key cross-border smuggling routes.

Turkish airstrikes on militant camps have reduced tracts of forest to cinder.

Across the bone-dry mountains and flatlands, a potent combination of illegal logging and naturally occurring wildfires are consuming large chunks of whatever greenery bombs and bullets haven’t torched.

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