The Takeaway: Are Egypt, Ethiopia on brink of water war over Nile dam?

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al-monitor This file photo taken on Dec. 26, 2019 shows a general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images.

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turkish politics, syrian kurds, nile river, nile dam, grand ethiopian renaissance dam, gerd