Good catch, Terry.
I remember seeing long-term drought maps that showed many of the Mediterranean countries that have been in financial distress as being in some stage of drying or drought, including Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (the famous 'PIGS'). But, iirc, Syria was among the worst hit, though many of the other MENA countries involved in the Arab Spring were in various stages. I haven't looked at drought maps from that region recently, though.
This general issue is something that needs much more press. Again, iirc, Somalia's severe political and economic turmoil was preceded by deforestation, drought and hence famine and conflict. One doesn't want to say that this is the only element, but certainly it should be more prominently covered, so people can see what is at stake in a climate-disrupted world.