Mandali, Iraq

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Mandali is located in Iraq
Mandali's location inside Iraq
Coordinates: 33°44′N 45°33′E / 33.733°N 45.550°E / 33.733; 45.550
Country Iraq
Governorate Diyala
District Balad Ruz
Elevation 341.2 ft (104 m)
 • Total 29,882[1] - 50,000[2]

Mandali (Kurdish: Mendelî‎, Arabic: مندلي‎) (English: Mandali)is a town in Balad Ruz District, Diyala Governorate, Iraq, near the Iranian border. It is majority Southern Kurdish-speaking Shi'a (including Feylis) and minority Arab.[2] It also has many Iraqi Turkmen inhabitants.


During September 1980 of the Iran-Iraq War, the town and other nearby villages were attacked by Iranian forces.[3]

In 1991 it experienced a massacre for participating in the Iraqi Uprising.

A referendum on whether the area should become part of Iraqi Kurdistan was scheduled to be held in November 2007, but was initially postponed for up to six months and ended up never occurring.

Like many other parts of Kurdistan, Mendali was Arabized. Hundreds of Iraqi arabs were sent to this part of Southern Kurdistan in order to change the demography of the town. After the ISIS attack to Iraq, the Iraqi troops left the town and The Kurdish Peshmerga controlled it. It wasn't until October 16th 2017, when the Iraqi troops recontrolled the area by force and it made hundreds of Kurdish families leave the town

Coordinates: 33°44′22″N 45°33′41″E / 33.739544°N 45.56129°E / 33.739544; 45.56129