Taji District has about 400,000 inhabitants.
Al-Taji airfield, in the volatile Sunni Triangle, was originally an Iraqi Republican Guard base during the Saddam era. It was once a center for the manufacture of chemical weapons. Taji was also the location of the largest tank maintenance facility in Iraq.
Its ethnic make-up is fast changing, due to departure of Sunni Arab natives and arrival of Shia Arabs favored by the new government in Baghdad. The extreme violence and actions by ISIS/neo-Baathists to help the Sunni Arab minority in Iraq has backfired with dire results, as the two districts are becoming more Shia Arab by the day.