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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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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.
The source said that the F-16 aircraft of the Iraqi air force carried out strikes targeted Daash sites near Hawija, 55 kilometers west of Kirkuk, and destroyed completely a bridge passed the river on the Zab River, 95 km west of Kirkuk, used by Daash for the transfer of components between the Syrian city of al-Raqa through Mosul to Sharqat and the outskirts of Baiji and Hawijah and areas west and south of Kirkuk, and the delivery of supplies to them.
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.
17, Talabani used those arms to start the latest round of fighting, launching an attack on hamlets in the mountains controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party and pushing their rivals westward toward the Great Zab River.
The IS bandits have continued to attack the area nonetheless, including in a surprise offensive last month when they used boats to cross the Zab River and killed at least 26 members of the Kurdish security forces.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that what reaches us today from the water by Kirkuk irrigation project arriving to the district, which depends on the Lower Zab river, via Dokan dam between 25 to 30 cubic meters per second that covers only the actual need for drinking water for the city of Kirkuk, and what reaches al-Tuz south of Kirkuk very little.
Located in a valley on the northern bank of the lower Zab River, the city's remains are now part of a mound created by human occupation called a tell, which rises about 32 feet above the surrounding plain.