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The Kawliya (Arabic,كاولية or كاولي) are Romani people (gypsies) from Iraq. Kawliya are known for their dancers and music.

Kawliya is also the name of a village, located about 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, where Gypsies live.[1] The village was reportedly destroyed by a militia controlled by a militant Shiite Muslim cleric. The exact circumstances are not clear.

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  1. ^ In a Gypsy Village's Fate, An Image of Iraq's Future. The Washington Post. April 3, 2004. Report about the raiding and destruction of the village Qawliya in Iraq.

Hamied Hashimi, Gypsies in Iraq, Al-Mada Foundation for Publication, Beirut-Baghdad, 2012.