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Girkê Legê
Al-Ma'bada is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 37°0′59″N 41°57′16″E / 37.01639°N 41.95444°E / 37.01639; 41.95444
Country  Syria
Governorate Al-Hasakah Governorate
District Al-Malikiyah District
Nahiyah Al-Malikiyah
Elevation 470 m (1,540 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 15,759
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Al-Ma'bada or al-Mu'abbadah (Arabic: المعبدة‎; Kurdish: Girkê Legê) is a city of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Ma'bada had a population of 15,759 in the 2004 census.[1] The majority of the population is Kurdish, but the Ba'athist Party under Hafez al-Assad changed the name of the city to al-Ma'bada.[2] The city is 35 kilometres from the Iraqi border and 15 kilometres from the Turkish border.[3]

On 24 July, the PYD announced that Syrian security forces withdrew from al-Ma'bada. The YPG forces afterwards took control of all government institutions[2] and the city is fully under the PYD's control.[3]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Hasakah Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ a b "Girke Lege Becomes Sixth Kurdish City Liberated in Syria". Rudaw. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Syrian Crisis Brings a Blessing for Kurds". Inter Press Service. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.