Transportation goes ‘smoothly’ on newly-opened Kirkuk-Erbil road

August 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Kirkuk, August 2018, the reopening of Kirkuk-Erbil road after ten months of closure. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk, August 2018, the reopening of Kirkuk-Erbil road after ten months of closure. Photo: KirkukNow

Soran Muhamad – Kirkuk
People make four stops on a 90km road between Erbil and Kirkuk, with each checkpoint conducting its questioning and background check.
They still do not complain, believing the treatment of checkpoints are fair and legal.
Himdad Ahmed, a civilian who reached Kirkuk from Erbil, considered the federal police checkpoint as “normal” comparing it to any other checkpoint in the region and Iraq.

KirkukNow has learnt about four checkpoints on Kirkuk-Erbil road. The first is between Prde and Kirkuk, manned by the federal police. The second, in Prde, run jointly by federal and local police. Th third and the last federal checkpoint is run by the federal police. The last checkpoint, before entering Erbil, is manned by the security forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Kirkuk, 17 August 2018, installing the temporary iron bridge in Prde [Altun Kopri], to resume transportation between Erbil and Kirkuk. Photo: Omer Jawad.

Kirkuk, 17 August 2018, installing the temporary iron bridge in Prde [Altun Kopri], to resume transportation between Erbil and Kirkuk. Photo: Omer Jawad.


Ahmed has often been asked by his car, whether he has ownership documents for it or not, “I find it normal, as they conduct their duties,” he said.
After ten months of closure, the road between Kirkuk and Erbil was once again open for transportation on Sunday 19 August 2018, through a temporary iron bridge installed on the damaged side of the bridge of Prde. The damage to Prde bridge was the result of a short confrontation between the Iraqi forces and peshmerga, as federal troops raided the disputed areas on 16-17 October. It took dozens of meetings between KRG and Baghdad to open the road for people once again.

High occupancy vehicles have better chances to undergo lighter security checks, Ahmed said.
KirkukNow posted a question about the treatment of the checkpoints on its official Facebook page. The majority of respondents wrote the treatment is “normal” at all the four checkpoints.
The High Security Committee of Kirkuk decided on the resumption day that the treatment of incoming civilians would be “similar to what KRG does to outgoing civilians”.

کردنەوەی ڕێگای کەرکوک_هەولێرافتتاح طريق كركوك-اربيل

Geplaatst door KirkukNow op Zondag 19 augustus 2018

On 20 August, the governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi and other security officials of the city visited the checkpoints and promising facilitation for people on the road.
Salman Asi, another civilian, found the security check to be routine. At the final checkpoint of Iraqi forces, he said, they ask for your car’s ownership.
If a driver happens not to have the ownership papers for his/her car, questioning takes a tougher turn, people said.
One should immediately call the owner and the owner should verify the narrative to the security forces about the situation, Asi said, “Then you will be allowed to go.”

629 views

Photo Gallery

Print This Post Print This Post