Governorates of Iraq

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Iraq is composed of 19 governorates (muḥāfażah), also called "provinces".

Halabja was the 19th governorate created, and was separated from Sulaymaniyah Governorate in March 2014.[1][2] There are plans to form two other new governorates - Tal Afar and Tuz Khurmatu - from Nineveh Governorate and Saladin Governorate respectively.[3]

Table[edit]

Map of Iraq showing the governorates
The governorates
Governorate Code Total area
in miles2
Total area
in km2
Population
7 January 2011
Capital
Al Anbar Governorate 31 53,476 138,501 1,561,400 Ramadi
Babil Governorate 51 1,976 5,119 1,820,700 Hillah
Baghdad Governorate 10 1,759 4,555 7,055,200 Baghdad
Basra Governorate 61 7,360 19,070 2,532,000 Basra
Dhi Qar Governorate 64 5,000 12,900 1,836,200 Nasiriyah
Diyala Governorate 32 6,828 17,685 1,443,200 Baqubah
Dohuk Governorate 42 2,530 6,553 1,128,700 Dohuk
Erbil Governorate 44 5,820 15,074 1,612,700 Erbil
Halabja Governorate 46 1,180 3,060 337,000 Halabja
Karbala Governorate 56 1,944 5,034 1,066,600 Karbala
Kirkuk Governorate 36 3,737 9,679 1,395,600 Kirkuk
Maysan Governorate 62 6,205 16,072 971,400 Amarah
Muthanna Governorate 66 19,980 51,740 719,100 Samawah
Najaf Governorate 54 11,129 28,824 1,285,500 Najaf
Nineveh Governorate 41 14,410 37,323 3,270,400 Mosul
Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate 58 3,148 8,153 1,134,300 Al Diwaniyah
Saladin Governorate 34 9,556 24,751 1,408,200 Tikrit
Sulaymaniyah Governorate 46 6,573 17,023 1,878,800 Sulaymaniyah
Wasit Governorate 52 6,623 17,153 1,210,600 Kut

Formerly claimed governorate[edit]

Kurdish autonomy[edit]

Since 2005, Iraq recognizes the authority of the Regional Kurdish Government in governing Iraqi Kurdistan autonomy combining the provinces of Arbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah (and now the newly created province of Halabja). Parts of the provinces of Kirkuk, Nineveh, Saladin and Diyala are disputed between the KRG and the Iraqi central government over direct authority.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iraqi Kurdistan government announces Halabja as its fourth province". Kurd Net. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Ottoway, Marina (4 March 2014). "Mission impossible". Foreign Policy. The FP Group. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iraqi Council of Ministers approved new provinces of Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar". Kurd Net. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 

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