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Al-Malikiyah: Construction of a provisional bridge to Iraqi-Kurdistan

KURDWATCH, May 1, 2013—In mid‑April 2013, the Kurdish regional government in Iraq began building a provisional bridge across the Tigris at the Faysh Khabur border crossing east of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). The bridge is the result of heavy border traffic between the Kurdish regions of Syria and Iraq and should facilitate the faster transport of goods in particular. Until now, people and goods have been transported across the border river with boats and a ropeway. The Syrian side of the border is officially controlled by the Supreme Kurdish Committee. Border fees are to be divided between the People’s Council of West Kurdistan and the Kurdish National Council. In practice, however, this has not yet happened. »Thus far around one hundred thousand dollars are presumed to have been collected«, reported a person responsible for finances in the Supreme Kurdish Committee. »To my knowledge, the Kurdish National Council has not received any of it; at most, smaller sums have gone to individual parties. The PYD controls all of the revenues.«


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