Salah ad Din Governorate

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Salah ad Din
 • Coordinates
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Population (2003)
 • Density
 • /km²
24,751 km²
Time zone IST (UTC+3)
Main language(s) Arabic

Salah ad Din or Salâh-ad-Dîn (Arabic: صلاح الدين) is a governorate in Iraq. The province has an area of 24,751 km². The estimated population for 2003 was 1,146,500 people. The provincial capital is Tikrit; the province also contains the significantly larger city of Samarra. Before 1976 the province was part of Baghdad Governorate.

The province is named after Saladin (written Salah ah Din in modern Arabic Latin transcription), an ethnic Kurd and hero of the 12th century. Salahuddin province is a variant version of the province's name.


[edit] Events following US invasion of Iraq, 2003

On March 16, 2006, a combined American/Iraqi force, supported by 50 aircraft, launched an air assault into the province.

On March 20, The New York Times reported that: "Police investigators in Salahudin Province have accused American troops of executing 11 civilians, including several children, during a raid last Wednesday on a house in Ishaqi, near Balad, about 60 miles north of Baghdad." On June 02, BBC News reported this again as video tape emerges, fews weeks after Haditha revelations. On June 19, the US military announced that three soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Private First Class Corey R. Clagett, Specialist William B. Hunsaker and Staff Sergeant Raymond L. Girouard, are being charged in the connection of these deaths. On June 21, Specialist Juston R. Graber, at that time 20, was charged with premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder and making a false official statement.

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