Bashiqa

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Bashiqa (Arabic: بعشيقة‎, Syriac: ܒܝܬ ܥܫܝܩܐ), is an historically Assyrian town located in the Mosul District of the Ninawa Governorate in Assyria, northern Iraq. Its name comes from the Assyrian Neo-Aramaic words "Bet" and "Ashiqa," meaning "House of lovers." Bashiqa's residents are mostly Kurds (Yezidis and Shabaks) as well as a minority of Assyrians, and Arabs Muslims.[1] Bashiqa is famous for its olive trees, olive oil, and soap. It is also famous with its onion, pickles and arak. It used to be a tourist destination to the locals in Mosul and Iraqis in general. Bashiqa is surrounded with a small mountain to the north and farms of olives all around the town.

In 2007, the town square was the location of the Murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad, a Yazidi woman who was stoned to death by a crowd.

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Coordinates: 36°27′N 43°21′E / 36.450°N 43.350°E / 36.450; 43.350