War of the dammed: Egyptian sabres rattle over Kalashnikovs and ...

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War of the dammed: Egyptian sabres rattle over Kalashnikovs and water

A dam project will give Ethiopia power to turn off taps in Egypt. Now, the region is bracing for military action

Will Brown and Amanda Sperber

The plane from Egypt packed with a cache of weapons was meant to arrive in Somalia in May. But the 2,000 Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers, sniper rifles, pistols and mortars never left the ground.

They were stopped, a senior Somali official said, because of fears in Mogadishu of Somalia being publicly drawn into a growing row between two of Africa’s superpowers.

Egypt has been the dominant power on the Nile for thousands of years. But the balance of power is about to shift far upstream. In the next few weeks, when the rainy season arrives, Ethiopia will start to fill a vast reservoir with the waters of the Blue Nile, one of the great river’s two main tributaries...

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