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Aqrah (Kurdish Akrê, ئاکرێ; Syriac: ܥܩܪܐ ʻaqra) (from the Syriac word meaning "barren," referring to the land) is an historically Assyrian city and district in Iraq which is located in the Dohuk Governorate since 1991. The total area of the district is (6418) km2. The district of Aqrah was formed in 1877 by the Ottoman Empire and the city of Aqrah became the center of the district. Before 1991 the large district of Aqrah was part of Ninawa Governorate, but after the Kurdish Uprising in 1991, Aqrah district became a part of Dohuk Governorate.
The population is mainly Kurds, but with an Assyrian minority. Defend International President Widad Akrawi, the Kurdish film director, Hiner Saleem, and the Iraqi Ambassador to Austria, Tariq Aqrawi, were born in this city. Former Israeli General Yitzhak Mordechai was also born in Akre,. Hoshear Zebari the former Iraqi Foreign minister was born in Akre in 1953.
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