Tel Afar District

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Tel Afar District

Turkish: Telafer
Tel Afar (orange) in Ninawa governorate
Country Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
Governorate Nineveh
Seat Tal Afar
  Total4,453 km2 (1,719 sq mi)
 (2003)[ citation needed ]
Time zone UTC+3 (AST)

Tel Afar District (Turkish : Telafer) is a district in Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. Its administrative center is the city of Tal Afar. Other towns include Rabia, Zummar, and al-Ayadia. It has a mixed population of Iraqi Turkmens and Arabs.

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