PBS News Weekend

Season 12, Episode 8 of 99

The country is nearing a record-breaking harvest, but mysterious fires are threatening some of that production. Iraq is on track to reach a record production of wheat this year, but the success has been dampened by widespread fires that have destroyed thousands of acres of farmland in northern Iraq. The locations of the fires have raised suspicions, with most occurring in minority Sunni and Yazidi Arab farming communities in a region once terrorized by the Islamic State, and where disputes over land provide plenty of tinder to spark conflict. But the government contends that most of the fires were started by natural causes or by accident. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simona Foltyn reports.

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7/28/2019
6 p.m.
7/28/2019
7 p.m.
7/29/2019
4 a.m.
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