Basra Governorate

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Basra Governorate
محافظة البصرة
Basra Province
Flag of Basra Governorate
Official seal of Basra Governorate
Location of Basra Governorate
Coordinates: 30°22′N 47°22′E / 30.367°N 47.367°E / 30.367; 47.367Coordinates: 30°22′N 47°22′E / 30.367°N 47.367°E / 30.367; 47.367
Country  Iraq
Capital Basra
 • Total 19,070 km2 (7,360 sq mi)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 4,500,000
Districts of Basra Governorate
Basra (Bassorah) Vilayet in 1897

Basra Governorate (Arabic: البصرة Al Baṣra‎) (or Basra Province) is a governorate in southern Iraq, bordering Kuwait to the south and Iran to the east. The capital is the city of Basra. Other districts of Basra include Al-Qurnah, Az Zubayr, Al Midaina, Shatt Al Arab, Abu Al Khaseeb and Al Faw located on the Persian Gulf.

Ancient history[edit]

Further information: Sumer

Modern history[edit]

In 1920, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the United Kingdom took over the former Ottoman vilayets of Basra, Baghdad and Mosul which had together formed the historical region of Irak Arabi or Irak Babeli, and called it the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. The mandate was succeeded by the Kingdom of Iraq in 1932.


  • Governor: Majid al Nasrawi
  • Deputy Governor: Mohammed Tahir
  • Provincial Council Chairman (PCC): Khalaf Abdul al Samad

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