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ناحية الكرابلة
Civilians being escorted away from fighting in Al-Karābilah during the Iraq War, 2005
Civilians being escorted away from fighting in Al-Karābilah during the Iraq War, 2005
Al-Karābilah is located in Iraq
Al-Karābilah town's location in Iraq
Coordinates: 34°23′1″N 41°1′51″E / 34.38361°N 41.03083°E / 34.38361; 41.03083Coordinates: 34°23′1″N 41°1′51″E / 34.38361°N 41.03083°E / 34.38361; 41.03083
GovernorateAl Anbar
 • Total13.000

Al-Karābilah (Arabic: ناحية الكرابلة‎) is a subdistrict in the west of the Al Anbar Governorate of Iraq, beside the Syrian border in an area of high ground. Its seat is the city of the Al-Karābilah. Agriculture is the main industry in the subdistrict.

Al-Karābilah town[edit]

Iraqi border town and center of the Al-Karābilah subdistrict, located 5–7 km from Iraqi-Syrian borders. Its population roughly 25.000 inhabitants all of them Sunni Muslims arabs.

Akkas gas field[edit]

Akkas gas field located in Al-Karabilah subdistrict.It was discovered in 1992, occupies approximately 30 km long and 12 km wide. Iraqi Oil Ministry estimated the reserves of Akkas at 5.6 trillion cubic feet.[1] In 2011, the Iraqi government signed a contract with Kogas to develop the gas field. According to the signed contract with the Iraq government, Kogas hold 75% of the shares while the rest of the shares went to Midland Oil Company.[1] All the development operations stopped due to terrorist attacks in 2014. Equipment, buildings, and other constructions have been looted or destroyed.[2]

Current situation[edit]

The subdistrict fell into ISIL's hands after intensive clashes between ISIL's troop on one side and Iraqi security forces backed by tribesmen on the other side. Al-Karābilah was liberated from ISIL by the Iraqi government forces on October, 28 2017.


  1. ^ a b "Akkas gas field - Oil4All". Retrieved 2015-06-26.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Akkas gas field development program delayed due to latest crisis in Iraq". Retrieved 2015-06-27.