Dhi Qar Governorate
|Dhi Qar Governorate|
Dhi Qar Province
|• Total||12,900 km2 (5,000 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 )|
Dhi Qar Governorate (Arabic: ذي قار, translit. Dhī Qār) is a governorate in southern Iraq. The provincial capital is Nasiriyah. Prior to 1976 the governorate was known as Muntafiq Governorate. Dhi Qar was the heartland of the ancient Iraqi civilization of Sumer, and includes the ruins of Ur, Eridu, Lagash, Larsa, Girsu, Umma, and Bad-tibira. The southern area of the governorate is covered by Mesopotamian Marshes.
- Governor: Yahia Nasseri
- Deputy Governor: Ahmed al-Sheik Taha 
- Governorate Council Chairman (GCC): Ihsan Al-Taei 
Modern Dhi Qar
An Nasiriyah witnessed some of the heaviest fighting and some of the stiffest resistance against invading U.S. forces in 2003.
- Iraq Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit Reports, Maps and Assessments of Iraq's Governorates from the UN Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit
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