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Ba'adra is located in Iraq
Location in Iraq
Coordinates: 36°43′05″N 43°15′15″E / 36.71806°N 43.25417°E / 36.71806; 43.25417Coordinates: 36°43′05″N 43°15′15″E / 36.71806°N 43.25417°E / 36.71806; 43.25417
Country Iraq
Governorate Ninawa Governorate
District Shekhan
 • Mayor Shamal M. Adeeb[1]

Ba'adra, also rendered Baadre, Badra and Bathra, (Arabic: باعدرة/باعذرة‎, Syriac: ܒܝܬ ܥܕܪܐ‎), is an historically Yazidi town located in the Shekhan District of the Ninawa Governorate in northern Iraq. Ba'adra's residents are mostly Yazidis with a small Assyrian minority and is considered the political capital of the Yazidis[1] as it has been the base of the ethnic-religious group's leader, the Mir.[2]

The town and the surrounding villages were demolished and later recolonized by Arabs during the late 1960s. Most of Arabs, however, returned to their original settlements after 2003.[citation needed]

The town and the 10 nearby villages took in 2,028 additional displaced families totaling 16,115 people due to the Yazidi fleeing the Sinjar massacre.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Melchior, Jillian Kay (September 19, 2014). "Escape from Mount Sinjar". National Review. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Allison, Christine (2004-02-20). "Yazidis i: General". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved August 20, 2010. There are probably some 200,000–300,000 Yazidis worldwide.