Şalāḩ ad Dīn Governorate

Saladin Governorate
صلاح الدين
Salah ad Din Province

Coordinates: 34°27′N 43°35′E / 34.450°N 43.583°E / 34.450; 43.583Coordinates: 34°27′N 43°35′E / 34.450°N 43.583°E / 34.450; 43.583

Country  Iraq
Capital Tikrit
 • Total 24,751 km2 (9,556 sq mi)
Population (2011 [1])
 • Total 1,408,200
Main language(s) Arabic (official)
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Saladin Governorate (Arabic: صلاح الدين Salāh ad Dīn‎) (or Salah ad Din Province and Kurdish: Parezgay Salah aldin) is a province in Iraq, north of Baghdad. The governorate has an area of 24,363 square kilometres (9,407 sq mi). The estimated population for 2003 was 1,042,200 people. The capital is Tikrit; the governorate also contains the significantly larger city of Samarra. Before 1976 the governorate was part of Baghdad Governorate.

The province is named after Saladin (written Salah ad-Din in modern Arabic Latin transcription), a Muslim leader who defeated the Crusaders at Hattin, who hailed from the province. Salah ad Din was the home province of Saddam Hussein; he was born in Al-Awja, a town near Tikrit.


In October 2011, the government in Saladin governorate declared itself a semi-autonomous region within Iraq. The government explained that the declaration was in response to the central government's "domination over the provincial council authorities".[2] Saladin, which is a largely Sunni governorate, is also hoping that by declaring themselves an autonomous region within Iraq, that it will entail them to a larger portion of government funding.[2] The council cited "article 119 of Iraq's constitution" in its call for autonomy, which states that "one or more governorates [provinces] shall have the right to organize into a region" if one third of the Provincial Council members or one tenth of the voters request to form a region".[3]

Provincial Government

  • Governor: Amhed Abdullah Abid Kalaf (Abu Mazin)
  • First Deputy Governor for (Technician Affairs): Ahmed Abdul Jabar Ali Al-Krayem [4]
  • Second Deputy Governor for (Administrative Affairs): Dr.Amin Aziz Jawad Qader
  • Provincial Council Chairman (PCC): Ammar Yousef Hamoud [5]

Districts of Saladin Province

  • Al-Daur District (Al-Daur)
  • Al-Shirqat District (Al-Shirqat)
  • Baiji District (Baiji)
  • Balad District (Balad)
  • Samarra District (Samarra)
  • Tikrit District (Tikrit)
  • Tooz District (Tooz)
  • Ad-Dujail

Towns and Cities

See also


External links

  • Article and vidéo on civilians massacre on BBC News.
  • "3 U.S. soldiers charged with killing of Iraqis" on CNN.
  • Iraq Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit Reports, Maps and Assessments of Iraq's Governorates from the UN Inter-Agency Information & Analysis Unit

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