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Iraq consists of 19
governorate A governorate is an administrative division of a country. It is headed by a governor. As English-speaking nations tend to call regions administered by governors either State (administrative division), states or provinces, the term ''governorate'' ...
s ( ar, محافظة, muḥāfażah; ku, parêzgeh), also known as "provinces". Per the Iraqi constitution, governorates can form an autonomous region.
Baghdad Baghdad (; ar, بَغْدَاد ) is the capital of Iraq Iraq ( ar, الْعِرَاق, translit=al-ʿIrāq; ku, عێراق, translit=Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاق '; ku, ...
and
Basra Basra ( ar, ٱلْبَصْرَة, al-Baṣrah) is an Iraq Iraq ( ar, الْعِرَاق, translit=al-ʿIrāq; ku, عێراق, translit=Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاق '; ku, ...
are the oldest standing administrative regions of Iraq. In 2014, the decision was made to create the
Halabja Governorate Halabja Governorate ( ku, پارێزگای ھەڵەبجە, Parêzgeha Helebceyê, ar, محافظة حلبجة, Muḥāfaẓat Ḥalabǧa) is a governorate in the autonomous region of Kurdistan Region in Iraq Iraq ( ar, ٱلْعِرَاق, ...
out of the Halabja District of the
Sulaymaniyah Governorate ar, محافظة السليمانية , other_name = , settlement_type = , image_skyline = , imagesize = , image_caption = Clockwise, from left ...
. On 21 January 2014, the
Council of MinistersThe Council of Ministers is a traditional name given to the supreme executive organ in some governments. The term is usually equivalent to the word " cabinet" ( Council of State is a similar term that also may refer to a Cabinet. However, the terms ...
of the government of Iraq approved in principle proposals to create more governorates. The Council announced that two new governorates,
Tal Afar Tal Afar ( ar, تَلْعَفَر, Talʿafar, , tr, Telafer) is a city in the Nineveh Governorate Nineveh Governorate ( ar, محافظة نينوى, syr, ܗܘܦܪܟܝܐ ܕܢܝܢܘܐ, Hoparkiya d’Ninwe, ku, Parêzgeha Neynewa ,پارێزگ ...
and
Tuz Khurmatu Tuz Khurmatu ( ar, طوزخورماتو, tr, Tuzhurmatu, ku, دووزخورماتوو ,Duz Xurmatû also spelled as Tuz Khurma and Tuz Khormato) is the central city of Tooz District in Saladin Governorate The Saladin or Salah ad Din Governor ...

Tuz Khurmatu
, would be formed from the current
Ninawa Governorate Nineveh Governorate ( ar, محافظة نينوى, syr, ܗܘܦܪܟܝܐ ܕܢܝܢܘܐ, Hoparkiya d’Ninwe, ku, Parêzgeha Neynewa ,پارێزگای نەینەوا) is a governorate A governorate is an administrative division of a country. It is ...
and
Saladin Governorate The Saladin or Salah ad Din Governorate ( ar, محافظة صلاح الدين) is one of Iraq Iraq ( ar, الْعِرَاق, translit=al-ʿIrāq; ku, عێراق, translit=Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِي ...
, respectively. It was also announced that the city of
Fallujah Fallujah ( ar, ٱلْفَلُّوجَة, al-Fallūjah, Iraqi pronunciation: ) is a city in the Iraqi province A province is almost always an administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , countr ...
of the
Al Anbar Governorate Al Anbar Governorate ( ar, محافظة الأنبار; ''muḥāfaẓat al-’Anbār''), or Anbar Province, is the largest governorate A governorate is an administrative division of a country. It is headed by a governor. As English-speaking n ...
would become a separate governorate.


Governorates


Previous governorates


Formerly governorates

Kuwait was annexed by Iraq in 1990 and then became
Kuwait Governorate The Kuwait Governorate ( ar, محافظة الكويت) was the 19th governorate of Iraq Iraq ( ar, ٱلْعِرَاق, '; ku, عێراق '), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاق '; ku, ک ...
(1990–1991)


See also

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Districts of Iraq Iraq Iraq ( ar, الْعِرَاق, translit=al-ʿIrāq; ku, عێراق, translit=Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاق '; ku, کۆماری عێراق, translit=Komarî Êraq), is a c ...
* ISO 3166-2:IQ * List of Governorates of Iraq by Human Development Index *
List of places in IraqThis is a list of places in Iraq Iraq ( ar, ٱلْعِرَاق, '; ku, عێراق '), officially the Republic of Iraq ( ar, جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاق '; ku, کۆماری عێراق '), is a country in Western Asia, border ...


References

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