Dhi Qar Governorate



Dhi Qar Governorate ( ar, ذي قار, translit=Thi Qār, ) is a
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in southern
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. The provincial capital is Nasiriyah. Prior to 1976 the governorate was known as Muntafiq Governorate. Thi Qar was the heartland of the ancient Iraqi civilization of
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, and includes the ruins of Ur,
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Lagash Lagash (cuneiform: LAGAŠKI; Sumerian language, Sumerian: ''Lagaš''), was an ancient city state located northwest of the junction of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and east of Uruk, about east of the modern town of Ash Shatrah, Iraq. Lagash ...
Larsa Larsa (Sumerian language, Sumerian logogram: UD.UNUGKI, read ''Larsamki''), also referred to as Larancha/Laranchon (Gk. Λαραγχων) by Berossus, Berossos and connected with the biblical Arioch, Ellasar, was an important city-state of anci ...
, Girsu,
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, and Bad-tibira. The southern area of the governorate is covered by
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Ancient history

Battle of Dhi Qar


*Governor: Yahia Nasseri *Deputy Governor: Ahmed al-Sheik Tah

*Governorate Council Chairman (GCC): Ihsan Al-Tae

Modern Dhi Qar

The governorate includes the towns of Al-Rifa'i District, al-Rifai, Qalat Sukkar, Ash Shatrah, al-Gharraf, Suq al-Shuyouk, Khamisiyah and al-Chibayish In the mid 1990s the governor was Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, who later became police chief of the country, and in 1999, director of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.


The population is approximately 2,000,000, predominantly
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. The southern marshes have traditionally been home to many Marsh Arabs. As of 2007, the area is very poor, with an unemployment rate of 31% and poverty rate of 32%.


* Al-Chibayish * Al-Rifa'i * Shatrah * Nasiriyah * Suq Al-Shuykh

See also

* Al-Habboubi Square * Ayad Radhi *
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External links

Iraq Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit
Reports, Maps and Assessments of Iraq's Governorates from the UN Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit Governorates of Iraq 1976 establishments in Iraq States and territories established in 1976 {{Iraq-geo-stub