Governorates of Iraq


Governorates of Iraq

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Politics of Iraq

Iraq is divided into 18 governorates (or provinces) ("muhafazah"):


#Baghdād (بغداد)
#Salāh ad-Dīn (صلاح الدين)
#Diyālā (ديالى)
#Wāsit (واسط)
#Maysān (ميسان)
#Al-Basrah (البصرة)
#Dhī Qār (ذي قار)
#Al-Muthannā (المثنى)
#Al-Qādisiyyah (القادسية)
  1. Bābil (بابل)
  2. Al-Karbalā' (كربلاء)
  3. An-Najaf (النجف)
  4. Al-Anbar (الأنبار)
  5. Nīnawā (نينوى)
  6. Dahūk (دهوك)
  7. Arbīl (أربيل)
  8. Kirkuk (or At-Ta'mim) (التاميم)
  9. As-Sulaymāniyyah (السليمانية)

The current set of governorates was established in 1976. [http://www.statoids.com/uiq.html]

The governorates are divided into "qadhas" (or districts). The map on the right shows the districts (but does not show the district names) within each governorate.

As of September 2008, eleven of the eighteen governorates are under direct Iraqi control: Al-Muthannā, Dhī Qār, An-Najaf, Maysān, Arbīl, As-Sulaymāniyyah, Dahūk, Al-Karbalā', Al-Basrah, Al-Qādisiyyah and Al-Anbar. Seven governorates are controlled by multi-national coalition forces: Baghdād, Salāh ad-Dīn, Diyālā, Wāsit, Bābil, Nīnawā, and Kirkuk (or At-Ta'mim).

Autonomous Region

Iraq currently has one autonomous region, Kurdish Autonomous Region, which is also known as Iraqi Kurdistan.

ee also

* List of places in Iraq
* Districts of Iraq

External links

* [http://dev.epic-usa.org/files/EPIC/IRAQ_Government.pdf Bios of Iraqi Government Officials] (as of July 20, 2006)
*http://www.world-gazetteer.com/r/r_iq.htm


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