By John Lee.
Research has found that the Tigris-Euphrates Basin -- comprising Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran -- is losing water faster than any other place on the planet except northern India.
According to the UN Development Progamme (UNDP), while scientists have been able to record falling water levels, political analysts have simultaneously observed rising tensions.
It says "the absence of a strong government [in Iraq] combined with drought and rapidly-shrinking aquifers seem somehow related to a spate of assassinations of irrigation department officials and clashes between rural clans. Some observers say that these local feuds could easily escalate into full-scale armed conflicts in the future."