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 Mahmudiyah, Mahmoudi, or Mahmoodiyah, 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.

Mahmudiya District has approximately 550,000 inhabitants, a majority of whom are Shia Arabs, while the surrounding rural areas are entirely dominated by Sunni Arab tribes that include: Al Tmame, Dulaim, Al Ubaid, Qarghoul and Al Jubour (These are all Shia and Sunni Arab Tribes)

War crime incident[edit]

For full article see Mahmudiyah killings

During the Iraq War, a war crime took place in Mahmudiyah on March 12, 2006 in which five soldiers of the 502d Infantry Regiment, raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi (an Iraqi Sunni Arab girl) and then murdered her, after killing her father Qassim Hamza Raheem, her mother Fakhriya Taha Muhasen and her six-year-old sister Hadeel Qassim Hamza al-Janabi. The soldiers then burned the bodies to conceal evidence of the crime. Four of the soldiers were convicted of rape and murder, and the fifth was convicted of lesser crimes.

Civil infrastructure[edit]

Efforts have been conducted into rebuilding the city.[1] The current mayor (as of January 2007) is Muayid Fadil Hussein Habib.[2]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • San Diego Union Tribune article about Marines in Al-Mahmoudiyah.
  • Map[dead link] 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.