Ar-Raqqah Governorate

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مُحافظة الرقة
Map of Syria with Ar-Raqqah highlighted
Map of Syria with Ar-Raqqah highlighted
Coordinates (Ar-Raqqah): 36°00′N 38°54′E / 36°N 38.9°E / 36; 38.9Coordinates: 36°00′N 38°54′E / 36°N 38.9°E / 36; 38.9
Country Syria
Capital Ar-Raqqah
Manatiq (Districts) 3
 • Total 19,616 km2 (7,574 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 944,000
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code SY-RA
Main language(s) Arabic

Ar-Raqqah Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة الرقةALA: Muḥāfaẓat ar-Raqqah and Kurdish: Parezgah Raqa) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in the north of the country and covers an area of 19,616 km². The governorate has a population of 921,000 (2010 census office estimate). The capital is Ar-Raqqah.


The governorate is divided into 3 districts (manatiq):

These are further divided into sub-districts (nawahi).

Syrian Civil War[edit]

As of 19 September 2012, the town of Tal Abyad, directly across the border from the Turkish town of Akçakale, was under rebel control.[1][2]

On 11 February 2013, Syrian rebels, including al-Nusra fighters, took control of the Tabqa dam, and Tabqa city, according to SOHR and videos posted by rebels. Tabqa dam on the Euphrates river is the largest hydroelectric dam in Syria and provides electricity to many areas, including Aleppo. Tabqa is also known as Thawrah.[3][4]

Ar-Raqqah, the capital city of the Governorate, is currently under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


  1. ^ Barnard, Anne (2012-10-07). "Rebels Clash With Syrian Security Forces Near Lebanon". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "WRAPUP 3-Syrian rebels extend grip on Turkish border". Reuters. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ Saad, Hwaida; Gladstone, Rick (2013-02-11). "Syrian Insurgents Claim to Control Large Hydropower Dam". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Syrian rebels advance toward Aleppo airport - US News and World Report". 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 

External links[edit]

  • eraqqa The First Complete website for raqqa news and services