A map of Iraq with the governorates
Iraq is composed of 18 governorates (muḥāfażah), also called "province" by some western media:
Claimed governorate 
Kurdish autonomy 
Since 2005, Iraq recognizes the authority of the Regional Kurdish Government in governing Iraqi Kurdistan autonomy combining the provinces of Arbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah. Parts of the Kirkuk province are disputed between the KRG and the Iraqi central government over direct authority.
See also 
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