WesternZagros Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : WZR

WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

May 26, 2011 02:01 ET

WesternZagros Provides Operational Update

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WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WZR) ("WesternZagros" or "the Company") has secured the 2,000 HP Viking Drilling Rig #10 through a contract with Maritas Co., a subsidiary of Viking Services of the United States, to drill the Mil Qasim-1 well. The additional horsepower of this rig provides increased optionality for drilling future prospects. The Viking Rig #10 is being mobilized for WesternZagros following drilling and testing of General Exploration Partners, Inc.'s Atrush-1 discovery in Northern Kurdistan. The Mil Qasim-1 well site construction is near completion with the anticipated spud date of the well in July 2011.

Testing of the Sarqala-1 well is delayed due to the requirement to replace production tubing, found to be defective despite recent third party inspection. Simon Hatfield, CEO of WesternZagros, commented, "While we are frustrated by the delay, such operational problems are a recognized risk and we remain committed to upholding internationally recognized safety standards and adhering to strict quality control guidelines to ensure well integrity. We look forward to reporting to stakeholders on the oil potential of the Jeribe reservoir in due course."

About WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

WesternZagros is an international natural resources company engaged in acquiring properties and exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas in Iraq. WesternZagros, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, holds two Production Sharing Contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

WesternZagros' shares trade in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WZR".

This news release contains certain forward-looking information relating, but not limited, to operational information, future drilling plans and testing programs and the timing associated therewith. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "potential", "could", or similar words suggesting future outcomes. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information as by its nature, it is based on current expectations regarding future events that involve a number of assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by WesternZagros. In addition, the forward-looking information is made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise such to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but rather on management's current expectations and assumptions regarding, among other things, plans for and results of drilling activity, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), continued political stability, timely receipt of any necessary government or regulatory approvals, and the timely receipt of any insurance proceeds due to the Company. Although the Company believes the expectations and assumptions reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward-looking information involves significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by WesternZagros including, but not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry (e.g. operational risks in exploration; inherent uncertainties in interpreting geological data; changes in plans with respect to exploration or capital expenditures; interruptions in operations together with any associated insurance proceedings; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to costs and expenses and health, safety and environmental risks), the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the uncertainty associated with negotiating with foreign governments and risk associated with international activity. For further information on WesternZagros and the risks associated with its business, please see the Company's Annual Information Form dated April 11, 2011, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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