Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 22/08/2018 09:21 
12.10.2017 15:58 News >> Update - Peshmerga Cut Erbil-Mosul Road: Iraqi Military Sources

Update - Peshmerga Cut Erbil-Mosul Road: Iraqi Military Sources

Highway linking Erbil to Mosul reopens following hours long closure by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Peshmerga forces loyal to northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have reopened the Erbil-Mosul road after briefly closing it earlier Thursday, according to Peshmerga sources.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sheikh ATO Zebari, a Peshmerga deputy commander, confirmed that the strategic road had been reopened following an hours-long closure.

According to Zebari, traffic flows along the busy thoroughfare have now largely returned to normal.

Earlier the same day, Peshmerga forces had cut the road linking Mosul to Erbil, the KRG's administrative capital.

"Peshmerga forces cut the Al-Khazir road, the last remaining means of accessing Mosul [from Erbil], by erecting concrete barriers," Captain Saad Atwan, an officer in the Iraqi army's 16th Brigade, had told Anadolu Agency.

"We have also received information that Peshmerga have closed the road linking Mosul to the KRG-controlled Duhok province," he added.

Akid Koran, a Peshmerga colonel, told Anadolu Agency that the temporary closure had come in response to "stepped-up activity by the Iraqi army near the borders of KRG-controlled areas".

He went on to assert that the KRG had information suggesting that Iraqi security forces were about to launch a "large-scale" offensive in the region.

Tension has steadily mounted between Baghdad and Erbil since Sept. 25, when Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in a handful of disputed areas -- voted on whether or not to declare political independence.

The illegitimate referendum had faced strong opposition from most regional and international actors (including the U.S., Turkey and Iran), who had warned that the poll would distract from Iraq's fight against terrorism and further destabilize the region.

Along with a raft of other retaliatory steps, Iraq's Council of Ministers earlier this week said that legal measures had been taken against all KRG employees involved in conducting the controversial poll.

In the immediate aftermath of the referendum, Baghdad banned international flights from entering KRG-controlled areas and closed all foreign diplomatic missions based in the Kurdish region. -



        Latest News
Corrects - Us, Uk, France Vow Response To New Syria Gas Attacks 11 minutes ago...
‘We remain committed to securing justice for victims of chemical weapons use,’ governments say.
Us, Uk, France Vow Response To Syria Chemical Attacks -34 minutes ago...
‘We remain committed to securing justice for victims of chemical weapons use,’ governments say.
Trump Quiet As Legal Woes Grow -19 minutes ago...
No mention of Cohen guilty plea, Manafort guilty verdict in campaign rally speech.
Prisoners İn US Strike To Protest 'Modern Slavery' -4 minutes ago...
Inmates demanding improved working conditions, end to prison slavery, voting rights.
July Most Violent Month Ever İn Mexico -4 minutes ago...
2018 on pace to be most violent year in Mexico.

 
      Top News
Kenya: Turkish Aid Agency Offers Food For Eid Al-Adha Kenya: Turkish Aid Agency Offers Food For Eid Al-Adha
US Deports Nazi War Crimes Suspect To Germany US Deports Nazi War Crimes Suspect To Germany
Mauritania Mufti Calls For 'Good Behavior' Before Polls Mauritania Mufti Calls For 'Good Behavior' Before Polls
Multiple Rockets Hit Afghan Capital's Diplomatic Zone Multiple Rockets Hit Afghan Capital's Diplomatic Zone
US Tariffs To Have Negative İmpact On Economy: Survey US Tariffs To Have Negative İmpact On Economy: Survey
German Government Aide Hails Turkish Economy German Government Aide Hails Turkish Economy
Turkey To Chair 2018 Disarmament Conference Session Turkey To Chair 2018 Disarmament Conference Session
Iran To Continue Cooperating With Turkey: Fm Spokesman Iran To Continue Cooperating With Turkey: Fm Spokesman
Turkish Stocks Rise Over 1.6 Pct At Close Turkish Stocks Rise Over 1.6 Pct At Close
Hajj Pilgrims Climb Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat Hajj Pilgrims Climb Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat