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Iraq's 18 governorates are subdivided into 120 districts ( kaza ). The district usually bears the same name as the district capital.
The districts are listed below, by governorate (with capital in parentheses):
(From 1976 to mid-2006 called At-Ta'mim)
Note that northern Sinjar, northern Tel Afar, northern Tel Keppe, Akre, and northern Shekhan districts are currently under illegal Kurdistan Regional Government de facto control.
Dohuk Governorate is part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Erbil Governorate is part of Iraqi Kurdistan, while the status of the southern Makhmur District is contested.
Sulaymaniyah Governorate is part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Halabja Governorate is part of Iraqi Kurdistan and still officially a part of Sulaymaniyah Governorate.
Basra Governorate is a governorate in southern Iraq, bordering Kuwait to the south and Iran to the east. The capital is the city of Basra, located in the Basrah district. Other districts of Basra include Al-Qurna, Al-Zubair, Al-Midaina, Shatt Al-Arab, Abu Al-Khaseeb and Al-Faw located on the Persian Gulf. It is the only governorate with a coastline.
Babil Governorate or Babylon Province is a governorate in central Iraq. It has an area of 5,119 square kilometres (1,976 sq mi), with an estimated population of 2,065,042 people in 2018. The provincial capital is the city of Hillah, which lies opposite the ancient city of Babylon (بابل), on the Euphrates river.
Duhok, also spelled Dihok is the capital of the Duhok Governorate in Iraq's Kurdistan Region. The city is encircled by mountains along the Tigris river. Duhok has a growing tourism industry. Its population has increased rapidly since the 1990s, as the rural population moved to the cities after villages were destroyed by the Iraqi Army during the 1991 uprisings in Iraq. The University of Duhok, founded in 1992, is a renowned center for teaching and research. The city of Duhok is natively populated by Kurds and Assyrians.
Tal Afar is a city in the Nineveh Governorate of northwestern Iraq, located 63 km west of Mosul, 52 km east of Sinjar and 200 km north west of Kirkuk. Its inhabitants are mostly Turkmen.
The Kurdistan Region is an autonomous region in northern Iraq comprising the four Kurdish-majority governorates of Dohuk, Erbil, Halabja and Sulaymaniyah and bordering Iran, Syria and Turkey. The Kurdistan Region encompasses most of Iraqi Kurdistan but excludes the disputed territories of Northern Iraq, contested between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central Iraqi government in Baghdad since Kurdish autonomy was realized in 1992 in the aftermath of the Gulf War. The Kurdistan Region Parliament is situated in Erbil, but the constitution of the Kurdistan Region declares the disputed city of Kirkuk to be the capital of the Kurdistan Region. When the Iraqi Army withdrew from most of the disputed areas in mid-2014 because of the ISIL offensive in Northern Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga entered the areas and held control there until Iraq retook the areas in October 2017.
Nineveh Plains is a region in Iraq's Nineveh Governorate to the north and east of the city Mosul. Control over the region is contested between Iraqi security forces, KRG security forces, Assyrian security forces, Babylon Brigade and the Shabak Militia
The Shekhan District is a district in the Nineveh Governorate with its capital at Ain Sifni.
The Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council, popularly known as Motwa, is a political party in Iraq that was founded by Sarkis Aghajan, a high-ranking member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, in 2007. The Party runs Ishtar TV and publishes several different monthly magazines.
An exonym is a place name, used by non-natives of that place, that differs from the official or native name for that place. Turkish has a wealth of exonyms in areas beyond the current borders of Turkey notably those that were once part of Ottoman Empire and its vassals and tributaries or within the Turkish, Ottoman, or a Turkic sphere of cultural or economic influence. In addition, Turkish sometimes renders the names of other cities in a phonetic Turkish spelling, e.g., Chicago as Şikago or Manchester as Mançester. As these forms are not commonly used in Turkish, there is not a systematic attempt to include them here.
Tel Keppe is an Assyrian town in northern Iraq. It is located in the Nineveh Governorate, less than 8 miles north east of Mosul. The town is a historic farming town consisting of a densely populated core, surrounded by farm land outside the city.
The Sinjar District is a district of the Nineveh Governorate. The district seat is the town of Sinjar. The district has two subdistricts, al-Shemal and al-Qayrawan. The district is one of two major population centers for Yazidis, the other being Shekhan District.
Throughout history there have been a few proposals for the establishment of an autonomy or an independent state for the Syriac-speaking Assyrians in northern Iraq.
The disputed territories of Northern Iraq are regions defined by article 140 of the Constitution of Iraq as being Arabised during Baath Party rule in Iraq. Most of these regions are inhabited by non-Arabs, including Kurds, Assyrians, Yazidis, Turkmens/Turkomans, and Shabaks.
Between 1 and 15 August 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) expanded territory in northern Iraqi under their control. In the region north and west from Mosul, the Islamic State conquered Zumar, Sinjar, Wana, Mosul Dam, Tel Keppe, Batnaya and Kocho, and in the region south and east of Mosul the towns Bakhdida, Karamlish, Bartella and Makhmour.
The following lists events that happened during 2014 in Iraq.
Jamal Ja'far Muhammad Ali Al Ibrahim, known by the kunya Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, also spelled Mohandes, was an Iraqi commander of the Popular Mobilisation Committee (PMC). At the time of his death, he was deputy chief of the PMC.
The 2002–03 Iraq FA Cup was the 26th edition of the knockout competition, the main domestic cup in Iraqi football. It kicked off on 2 September 2002, and the final was played on 23 August 2003 at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil rather than at Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad due to security reasons.
The 2020–21 Iraq FA Cup is the 32nd edition of the Iraqi knockout football cup competition, the main domestic cup in Iraqi football, featuring a record 126 teams.