Altun Kupri Base
The small town of Altun Kupri is about 25 miles from Kirkuk. This area has always been of strategic interest to all the powers who have occupied it throughout the ages because of the trade routes which criss-cross its vast plains and their proximity to the many mountain passes such as the Bazyan, the Basrah and the Sagerma. Consequently, these occupying powers established military garrisons in the nearby cities of Kifri, Dooz-Khurmatu, Daqooq, Altun Kupri [variants: Altoon-Kopri, Altun Kubri, Altun Kopru; also known as Perde' or Pirde] and Kirkuk city itself, both to defend these cities and to protect the trade routes. These strongholds were used not only for military action against enemies, but also as headquarters for the collecting of customs duties from caravans
On 15 June 2001 it was reported that the Iraqi government planned to set up centers for trade with the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq which are controlled by Jalal Talabani's and Mas'ud Barzani's parties. The first step involved opening two commercial offices. One office would be set up between the city of Chamchamal - which is administered by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - and the government-controlled town of Qarahanjir. The other office would be set up between Qushtapa - which is administered by the Kurdistan Democratic Party - and the Baghdad-controlled city of Altun Kupri, situated within the boundaries of Arbil Governorate.
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