Peshmerga prevents Iraq’s army to setup checkpoint near to Khor Mor

Esta Media Network News

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish Peshmerga forces have prevented a unit of Iraq’s military to set up a checkpoint on Qaderkaram-Tuz Khurmatu road that nears to the Kurdistan Region key gas field (Khor Mor), Esta’s reporter said on Saturday.

“A Unit inside Iraqi forces had progressed toward Peshmerga controlled area, aimed to set up a checkpoint, but they were pushed back by Peshmerga”, and “Either forces will adjust a meeting tomorrow on that matter” said the reporter.
Esta Media Network has learned that setting a checkpoint in Qaderkaram vicinity will jeopardize the Kurdistan Region’s key gas field (Khor Mor) in which United Arab Energy Company  Dana Gas operates.
However, this is not the first attempt by the Iraqi forces to advance toward Khor Mor, earlier on Wednesday Iraq’s army conducted a military drill in Kurdish controlled area on Zanana, adding the pretext of launching a new military operation.

“On Wednesday Iraq’s military forces paid a visit to Peshmerga forces in the area, and appealed Zanana crossroad checkpoint,” Esta’s correspondent had reported.

Zanana crossroad checkpoint has been held by Peshmerga forces since 2003, but the Iraqi forces demanded to hold the checkpoint jointly with the Kurdish forces, according to the reporter.

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