Iran and Iraq fought over the Chatt el Arab. Irag's maritime access is one of the keys to the Kuwaiti invasion. After the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein dried out the marshes where Shiite opponents could find refuge. War very nearly broke up between Iraq and Syria when the Tabqa dam opened.... Water is at the very heart of tension in the Middle East and sharing water illustrates the difficult question of nationalities. Excellent analysis of a complexe political situation in the lands sharing the waters of the Euphrates and the Tiger.