Dhi Qar Governorate
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| An Nasiriyah|
| Population (2003)|
| Area||12,900 km²|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+3)|
|Main language(s)|| Kurdish|
Dhi Qar (Arabic: ذي قار) is a province in Iraq with an area of 12,900 km². In 2003 the estimated population of the governorate was 1,454,200 people. The governorate's capital is the city of An Nasiriyah. It also includes the ancient Sumerian ruins of Ur, Eridu, Lagash and Girsu. Before 1976 the province was known as Muntafiq Province.
 Dhi Qar today
 The proposal of "Southern region"
 The cities of the province
 An anti-Baath province
The governorate was notorious in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's era of dictatorship as one of the most troublesome spots for the Baath government. In 1991 the governorate fell to Islamist groups as part of a wider uprising that failed to topple the Saddam Hussein government. 
An Nasiriyah witnessed some of the heaviest fighting and some of the stiffest resistance against invading U.S. forces in 2003.
Dhi Qar was the second Iraqi province to be handed over to the Iraqi Security Forces, the first being Al Muthanna. The province achieved Provincial Iraqi Control on Sept. 21 2006, in a ceremony presided by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.