Great Zab

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Great Zab

 

a river in eastern Turkey and Iraq; left tributary of the Tigris. Length, 473 km; basin area, 26,200 sq km. It rises in the western spurs of the Qutur Range and flows out into the Kurdistan plain. It is fed by mountain snow and rain. High water is in April and May; low water, in summer and autumn. The average discharge at the mouth is about 403 cu m per sec. There is a reservoir. The Great Zab is used for irrigation. The cities of Zibar, Kelek, and Quwair (Iraq) are located along the river.

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The source explained that the joint checkpoint is a success for both parties, and it is the first time that took place after 2003, which ensures the arrival of the federal forces outside the Zab river separating the Elton Bridge and the Arbil road./ End
Meanwhile, Iran restricted the flow of the cross-border Little Zab river, as it constructed a dam on it in Sardasht.
Altun Kupri is located on the banks of the Zab river.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew from the town of Altun Kupri, located on the Zab river, after battling the advancing Iraqi troops with machine guns, mortars and rocket propelled grenades, security sources said.
Iraqi Kurdistan has reduced the flow of water to the Arab part of Iraq by almost three-quarters in response to a dam built by Iran on the Little Zab River that has left about 80,000 people in Iraqi Kurdistan without drinking water, a Kurdish minister said Sunday.
The bridge crosses the Grand Zab river that flows into the Tigris.
Within hours of the attacks, in which 18 Turks were also wounded, some 500 Turkish commandos and other troops, some dropped by helicopter, were in "hot pursuit" up to 8 km (5 miles) across the Iraqi border and helicopter gunships and other aircraft were striking PKK bases on the Zab river, security sources in the regional centre of Diyarbakir said.
"When the victim's relatives failed to pay the ransom, the gang killed him and threw his body in Kirkuk's Zab River," Qader said, adding that the body was picked up from the river south of Kirkuk and handed it to his relatives.
Iraqi soldiers struggled to hold control of the village of Khazer a day after withdrawing about six miles from vast fortifications overlooking Kurdish-held Kalak, which includes two bridges crossing the wide Great Zab River.
BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) -The Directorate of dams in the Kurdistan Region announced cutting off the waters of the small Zab River from the region causing a crisis in the water.