Altun Kupri

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Altun Kupri
Turkish: Altınköprü
Arabic: ألتن كوبري‎‎
Town
Altun Kupri is located in Iraq
Altun Kupri
Altun Kupri
Location in Iraq
Coordinates: 35°45′12″N 44°08′37″E / 35.75333°N 44.14361°E / 35.75333; 44.14361Coordinates: 35°45′12″N 44°08′37″E / 35.75333°N 44.14361°E / 35.75333; 44.14361
Country  Iraq
Governorate Kirkuk Governorate
District Dibis
Elevation[2] 284 m (935 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 9,275[1]

Altun Kupri or Altun Kopru (Arabic: ألتن كوبري‎‎, Turkish: Altınköprü; meaning "Golden Bridge"[3]) is a town north of Kirkuk in Kirkuk Governorate. Its population of approximately 9,275 is predominately Turkmen.[4] It is located on the shores of the Little Zab river's Dibis Lake, near the Dibis Dam. The Little Zab river divides the town into three parts: Büyük yaka (Big side), Orta yaka (Central side), Küçük yaka (Small side). It's strategically located on the middle of the Erbil-Kirkuk road.

Altun Kupri, along with Amerli, Bashir, Bustamli, Mahalabiyah, Qarah Tappah, Sulaiman Bek, Tal Afar, Taza Khurmatu, Tuz Khormato, and Yankjah, make up the largest Turkmen-majority cities in Iraq, while Mosul, Kirkuk, Kifri, Daquq, Muqdadiyah, Jalawla, and Saadiyah have significant Turkmen minority populations.

Altun Kupri massacre[edit]

100 Turkmens were massacred in 1991 during the Gulf War by the Iraqi Army.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Stansfield, Gareth R. V. (2007), Iraq: People, History, Politics, Polity, ISBN 0-7456-3227-0 

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