Ninawa Governorate

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Ninawa
Image:IraqNinawa.png
Capital
 • Coordinates
Mosul
 • ~° N ~° E
Population (~)
 • Density
2,600,000
 • /km²
Area
37,323 km²
Time zone IST (UTC+3)
Main language(s) Arabic
Kurdish
Assyrian
Turkmen

Ninawa (Arabic: نینوى , Kurdish: Neynewa, Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܐ Nîněwâ) is a governorate (province) in northern Iraq, and the Arabic name for the biblical city of Nineveh in Assyria. It has an area of 37,323 km² and an estimated population of 2,600,000 people. Its chief city and the provincial capital is Mosul, which lies across the Tigris river from the ruins of Nineveh. Tal Afar is also a major city within the region. Prior to 1976 it was called Mosul Province and also included the present day Dahuk Governorate

Its two main cities endured the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and emerged relatively unscathed. In 2005, however, Mosul and Tal Afar were the scenes of fierce battles between U.S.-led troops and the Iraqi insurgency. The insurgents had moved to Ninawa after the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.

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[edit] Elections in the Province

Since no real census has been taken for decades, the election results are the only indicator of the province's ethnic distribution:

2005 December

  • Sunni Arab Group - 324,518 (40%)
  • Kurdish Group - 156,476 (19%)
  • Allawi's Multi-ethnic Group - 91,661 (11%)
  • Sunni/Assyrian Group - 81,976 (10%)
  • Shia Arab Group - 61,083 (7%)
  • Yezidi Group - 18,618 (1%)
  • Assyrian Group - 12,323 (1%)

2005 January <ref>http://www.epic-usa.org/Portals/1/UpdatedElectionResults.pdf</ref> - Note: Elections were boycotted by Sunni Arabs, Assyrians, Yezidis, and Turkmen.

  • Kurdish Group - 77,000
  • Shia Group - 23,000
  • Sunni Group - 56,000
  • Allawi's Multi-ethnic Group - 21,000
  • Assyrian Group - 3,500
  • Yezidi Group - 3,200
  • Turkman Group - 1,800

[edit] Cities

[edit] Population througout History

1987 Census: 1,507,000 <ref>http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/iraq/iq_appen.html</ref>

[edit] See also


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