Ash Shatrah

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Ash Shatrah
Shatrat al Muntafiq, Shatreh
Ash Shatrah is located in Iraq
Ash Shatrah
Ash Shatrah
Location in Iraq
Coordinates: 31°24′35″N 46°10′18″E / 31.40972°N 46.17167°E / 31.40972; 46.17167Coordinates: 31°24′35″N 46°10′18″E / 31.40972°N 46.17167°E / 31.40972; 46.17167
Country Iraq
Governorate Dhi Qar Governorate
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 65,000-90,000 (estimated)

Ash Shatrah is a town in the Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq, located on the Gharraf Canal at the intersection with Highway 7. It is 22.35 km west of the ancient city of Lagash.[1] It has a 2009 population estimated between 65[2] and 90 thousand.[3]


Iraq War[edit]

During the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. troops, Ash Shatrah was infamous for having the body of a U.S. Marine dragged through the streets and hung up in the town square.[4][5]


  1. ^ "31.4114°,46.4072° — 31.4097°,46.1717° : 22.35 km / 13.89 m (great circle distance)" (distance between Ash Shatrah and Lagash), Movable Type Scripts, accessed 19 February 2009
  2. ^ ""aš-Šaţrah" World Gazetteer". 
  3. ^ "Iraq City & Town Population" Tageo
  4. ^ Baker, Peter and Sheridan, Mary Beth (14 April 2003) "Marines Rescue Seven U.S. Prisoners; Iraqis Alert Unit Bound For Tikrit" The Washington Post p. A-1
  5. ^ Wright, Evan (2004) Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, p. 228, ISBN 0-399-15193-1