Al-Shirqat District

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Al-Shirqat District

Arabic: الشرقاط

Qaḑā’ ash Sharqāţ
Saladin districts
Saladin districts
Country Iraq
GovernorateSaladin
SeatAl-Shirqat
Time zoneUTC+3 (AST)

Al-Shirqat District (Arabic:الشرقاط) is a district of Saladin Governorate, Iraq. The district's capital is the town of Al-Shirqat. Other settlements include Khanugiyah, Mukhayim, Huriyah al-Jadidah, Al-Khadraniyah, Aynah, Ijamasa, and Jamaf. The ancient site of Assur is also located in the district.

The district was captured by the Islamic State in 2014.[1] The senior Islamic State military commander Abu Omar al-Shishani was reported to have been killed in fighting in al-Shirqat in July 2016.[2] The town was fully recaptured on 22 September 2016.[3] More than 160,000 people were displaced from Sharqat due to Islamic State occupation.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sinan Salaheddin (22 September 2016). "U.S. airstrikes help push ISIS from key northern town, Iraq says". Military Times. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Daesh says top leader Omar Al-Shishani killed in battle". Arab News. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  3. ^ Ghazwan Hussain (22 September 2016). "Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul". Reuters. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ Andrew Pestano,Iraq fully captures Sharqat District from Islamic State as Mosul Battle Looms, 23 Sept 2016.