Tuz Khormato

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Tuz Khormato
Arabic: طوزخورماتو
Tuz Khormato is located in Iraq
Tuz Khormato
Tuz Khormato
Tuz Khormato's location in Iraq
Coordinates: 34°53′N 44°38′E / 34.883°N 44.633°E / 34.883; 44.633
Country  Iraq
Province Saladin
District Tooz
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 60,262

Tuz Khormato (Arabic: طوزخورماتو‎, Iraqi Turkmen: Tuzhurmatu , Azerbaijani: Tuz xurma) is a town that is the main centre of the Tooz District in Saladin Province, Iraq, located 55 miles south of Kirkuk. A plurality of the population is ethnic Iraqi Turkmen, large minorities of Kurds and Arabs form the remaining population. The name of the city is taken from Persian/Kurdish language, in which "Tuz" is the changed form of word "Taze=تازه" which means fresh, the word "Khorma=خرما" which means date and "tû" means berry.


  • On June 2, 2005, at least 12 people were killed and at least 40 wounded in a big explosion targeting a restaurant.[1]
  • On June 23, 2005, a car bomb detonated by remote control hit an Iraqi police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding 7 civilians.[2]
  • On September 20, 2005, insurgents detonated a car bomb targeting Shiite worshippers as they were exiting the Hussainiyat al-Rasoul al-Azam mosque, killing at least 10 and wounding 21 others.[3]
  • On March 14, 2007, a suicide bomber struck a market and killing 8 and wounding 25.[4]

Operation New Dawn[edit]

  • On September 7, 2010, the first US casualties after President Barack Obama declared an end to US combat operations took place near the city when an Iraqi soldier killed 2 US military personnel.[5]

Post-US withdrawal[edit]

  • On October 27, 2012, a car bombing next to a building owned by a Shi'ite endowment killed two civilians and injured ten others.[6]
  • On December 17, 2012, two consecutive car bombings hit a residential area near the city's General Hospital, killing 11 civilians and injuring 45 others. The attacks were part of a country-wide wave of violence that killed almost 100 people in a single day.[7]
  • On January 16, 2013, a suicide car bombing at the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party killed 5 and injured 40 others.[8][9]
  • On January 23, 2013, a suicide bomber blew himself up during a funeral for a politician's relative in the city, killing 42 and leaving 75 others wounded.[10][11]

Notable residents[edit]

One of the well known artists from the area is Ali Kanbar Ozdamer (1919–1999).[12]


  1. ^ 20 dead in Iraq bombings | Iraq | Guardian Unlimited
  2. ^ Car bombs kill nearly 40 people in Baghdad - International Herald Tribune
  3. ^ Microsoft PowerPoint - Eye on Iraq Sep 20, 2005 - English
  4. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq
  5. ^ Iraqi soldier fires on US troops, kills 2
  6. ^ Killing and wounding 12 civilians east of Tikrit (NINA News Agency)
  7. ^ BREAKING NEWS. 25 people killed and wounded in bombings series in Tuz district. (NINA News Agency)
  8. ^ Reuters (2013-01-15). "Bombers kill more than 35 across Iraq". Trust.org. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  9. ^ Margaret Griffis (2013-01-16). "Iraq Slaughter: 55 Killed, 288 Wounded". Antiwar.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  10. ^ Marwan Ibrahim (2013-01-23). "Iraq suicide bomb at Shiite mosque kills 42". Google News. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  11. ^ Margaret Griffis (2013-01-23). "At least 51 Killed, 98 Wounded in Iraq Attacks". Antiwar.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  12. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/25180734@N05/sets/72157614885602836/

Coordinates: 34°52′38″N 44°38′18″E / 34.87722°N 44.63833°E / 34.87722; 44.63833