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WesternZagros Confirms Initial Oil Flow from Eocene Testing at Kurdamir-2

Friday, October 19, 2012

WesternZagros Confirms Initial Oil Flow from Eocene Testing at Kurdamir-207:30 EDT Friday, October 19, 2012CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WZR) ("WesternZagros" or "the Company") reports that during the post-perforation clean up period of the Eocene testing program, an initial low rate flow of 42 to 45 degrees API oil to surface has been achieved at the Kurdamir-2 exploration well. The Company advises that flow rates and the potential for commerciality cannot be confirmed until the test is completed. Acidization of the Eocene interval is currently underway in order to improve the flow rates and a further update of results will be issued when post-stimulation testing is complete. The operator, Talisman (Block K44) B.V., ("Talisman"), is currently conducting a cased hole test between the depths of 2,830 metres and 3,040 metres in the Eocene-age formation. The Eocene is a secondary target in Kurdamir-2. Kurdamir-2 is the second deep exploration well to be drilled on the Kurdamir structure. WesternZagros and Talisman each have a 40 percent working interest in the Kurdamir Block, with the Kurdistan Regional Government holding the remaining 20 percent.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 a 40 percent working interest in two Production Sharing Contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. WesternZagros's 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 and testing plans, and the timing associated therewith. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "plan", "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 and testing programs, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), continued political stability, and timely receipt of any necessary government or regulatory approvals. 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 March 26, 2012 (the "AIF"), which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.WESTERNZAGROS RESOURCES WAS RECOGNIZED AS A TSX VENTURE 50® COMPANY IN 2012. TSX VENTURE 50 IS A TRADE-MARK OF TSX INC. AND IS USED UNDER LICENSE.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Greg StevensonWesternZagros Resources Ltd.Chief Financial Officer(403) 693-7007ORTony KraljicWesternZagros Resources Ltd.VP Business Development(403) 693-7011ORLisa HarrimanWesternZagros Resources Ltd.Manager of Investor Relations(403) 693-7017investorrelations@westernzagros.comwww.westernzagros.comORScott FultonSmithfield GroupDirector+44 (0) 20 7903 0641sfulton@smithfieldgroup.comNEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE