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Iraqi environmentalists battle desert by planting trees

In addition to the devastation wrought by three decades of war, the country of Iraq is also suffering in many places from the encroachment of the desert as a result of water shortages and sandstorms.

In an effort to hold the desert back, local officials have planted and irrigated more than 120,000 palm trees, olives, and eucalyptus trees to create a “green belt” around the city of Karbala.

This video is from AFP, June 10, 2012.

Written by | Muriel Kane

Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane

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