Governorates of Iraq

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Iraqi Governorates

المحافظات العراقية (Arabic) پارێزگاکانی عێراق (Kurdish) Also known as: Muḥāfażah محافظة (Arabic) پارێزگا‎ Parêzgeha

Current Governorates and Capital Cities

Iraq consists of 19 governorates (muḥāfażah in Arabic), also known as "provinces". Former President Saddam Hussein divided the country into eighteen governorates in the 1970s for reasons of ethnic manipulation. A portion of the Kurdish-inhabited area of the country was granted autonomy in 1970. In 2003, after opposition from Kurdish people regarding the division of Kurdistan into governorates, the autonomous standing of only three Iraqi Kurdish provinces was re-confirmed in 2005 in the constitution of Iraq, leaving out many other Kurdish majority regions, such as Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Sinjar and Mandali-Badra, outside the autonomous Kurdish region. In 2014 the decision was made to create the Halabja Governorate out of the Halabja District of Sulaymaniyah Governorate.

On 21 January 2014, the Council of Ministers of the Government of Iraq approved in principle proposals to create more governorates. The Council announced that two new governorates Tal Afar and Tuz Khurmatu would be formed from the current Nineveh Governorate and Saladin Governorate, respectively. It was also announced that the city of Fallujah of the Al Anbar Governorate would become a separate governorate, which was announced in response to a Sunni Islamist uprising in the city.

Governorate Capital City
Al Anbar Ramadi
Babil Governorate, Iraq Hillah
Baghdad Baghdad
Basra Basra
Dhi Qar Nasiriyah
Al-Qādisiyyah Al Diwaniyah
Diyala Baqubah
Duhok Duhok
Erbil Governorate, Iraq Erbil
Halabja Halabja
Karbala Karbala
Kirkuk Kirkuk
Maysan Amarah, Iraq
Muthanna Samawah
Najaf Najaf
Nineveh Mosul
Saladin Tikrit
Sulaymaniyah Sulaymaniyah
Wasit Kut

Previous Governorates

Governorate Now Part of
Category:Mosul Governorate, Iraq Nineveh Governorate

Duhok Governorate

Diwaniya Governorate, Iraq Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate Muthanna Governorate

Najaf Governorate

Dulaim Governorate, Iraq (–1962)

Ramadi Governorate (1962–1976)

Al Anbar Governorate
Muntafiq Governorate, Iraq (–1976) Dhi Qar Governorate
Category:Amara Governorate, Iraq (–1976) Maysan Governorate
Kut Governorate, Iraq (–1976) Wasit Governorate
Baghdad Governorate Baghdad Governorate

Saladin Governorate

Kikuk Governorate, Iraq (–1976)

At-Ta'mim Governorate, Iraq (1976–2006)

Kirkuk Governorate


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