Iraq's Right To Water
Iraq has a right to the water of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that runs through Iraq's territory. Iraq has always used the water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and Turkey should not decide whether Syria and Iraq gets water. Each country actually has different amounts of water per millions of people. Turkey has 81.6 cubic km of water per million. Syria has 17.9 cubic km per million. Iraq has 32.5 cubic km per million.
The population of Iraq rapidly rose from 1995 to 2014, rising in total an amount of 10.9 million people. The population rise is supposed to slow, but still rise by about 4.4 million people. This means that Iraq will need more water in the future to compensate for the larger population. Iraq does have a bit more water than it uses, but that will most likely be used up in future years if the way the population is planned to rise says anything.
Iraq's most pressing water need is agricultural, with a whopping 39.38 cubic km used in 2014. If you look at the two pictures at the bottom, you will see the difference between Iraq and Turkey's agricultural fields. The first picture is of Iraq's fields, and the secound is of Turkey's feilds. The other main water uses are industry use and domestic use. There is 1.97 cubic km used for industry use, and 1.35 cubic km used for domestic use. Look at the secound bar graph to see that drastic difference None of this water comes from rivers that start in Iraq, instead starting in Turkey and running through Syria before coming to Iraq. This gives Turkey and Syria complete control over whether Iraq gets water or not.