Mahmoudiyah, Iraq

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Coordinates: 33°3′42″N 44°21′15″E / 33.06167°N 44.35417°E / 33.06167; 44.35417 Mahmoudiyah (also transliterated Al-Mahmudiyah, Al-Mahmoudi, or Al-Mahmudiya, prefixed usually with Al-) is a rural city south of Baghdad. Known as the “Gateway to Baghdad,” the city's proximity to Baghdad made it central to the counterinsurgency campaign.

Al-Mahmudiya has approximately 350,000 inhabitants, before 2007 most of whom are Shia Arabs, over 75% of Al-Mahmudiya are Shia[1] but in 2014 over 88% of Al-Mahmudiya are shia Because to Sunni displacement of Shi'ites from Sunni areas to Mahmudiyah. The population of the city of Mahmudiyah less than 140,000 people, but after the displacement of the Shiites of the city of Mahmudiyah increased its population and became more than 350,000 people

Because to Sunni displacement of Shi'ites from Sunni areas to Mahmudiyah

, as reported by the UNHCR IDPs list, While the control of all rural areas around the area of Mahmudiyah is by Sunnis, such as the towns of Latifiyah and Yusufiyah while the Shiites remained in the centre of Mahmudiya city These areas are traditional lands controlled by Sunni Arab tribes which include : The Tamim, Dulaim, Al Ubaid, qarghali

and Al Jubour (Sunni Arab Tribes)

Civil infrastructure[edit]

Efforts have been conducted into rebuilding the city.[2] The current mayor (as of January 2007) is Muayid Fadil Hussein Habib.[3]

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External links[edit]

  • San Diego Union Tribune article about Marines in Al-Mahmoudiyah.
  • Map of Al-Mahmudiyah from
  • Army article about the Al-Buhaira Elementary School remodeling project in Mahmudiyah from March 2006.
  • Stars and Stripes article from February 2006 by Andrew Tilghman about militia vs. militia violence in Al-Mahmudiyah.
  • A video from March 2006 (from Chris Brewer, who was in the Air Force in the 206th Broadcast Operations Detachment, American Forces Network) of Al-Mahmoudiyah's city center.