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Saladin Governorate

Saladin Governorate
صلاح الدين
Salah ad Din Province
Location of Saladin Governorate
Country  Iraq
Capital Tikrit
 • Total 24,751 km2 (9,556 sq mi)
Population (2011 [1])
 • Total 1,408,200
Official language(s) Arabic

Saladin Governorate (Arabic: صلاح الدين Salāh ad Dīn‎) (or Salah ad Din Province, Kurdish Parezgay Salah aldin) is a governorate in Iraq, north of Baghdad. The governorate has an area of 24,363 square kilometres (9,407 sq mi). The estimated population in 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, and 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.


  • Overview 1
  • Autonomy 2
  • Provincial government 3
  • Districts 4
  • Towns and cities 5
  • Population 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Malwiya minaret at the Great Mosque of Samarra

Saladin Governorate contains− a number of important religious and cultural sites. Samarra, the governorate's largest city, is home to both the Al-Askari Shrine (an important religious site in Shia Islam where the 10th and 11th Shia Imams are buried) and the Great Mosque of Samarra with its distinctive Malwiya minaret. Samarra was also the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate in the 9th century CE, and today Abbasid Samarra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient Neo-Assyrian Empire Assyrian city of Assur is located in Al-Shirqat District on the banks of the Tigris River. Other sites in the governorate include the Crusader Dome (القبة الصلبية) north of Samarra and the Al-`Ashaq Palace (قصر العاشق).

In January 2014, there were plans to make Tuz Khurmatu, a district of Saladin Governorate, into a new governorate.[2] However, these plans were announced by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and were not followed up by his successor, Haider al-Abadi, who replaced Maliki in August 2014.[3]


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 [5]

Provincial government


Salah ad Din districts

Towns and cities


The following table shows the populations of the districts of Saladin Governorate, according to the United Nations in 2003. No data is available for Dujail District.
District Samarra Tikrit Balad Baiji Al-Shirqat Al-Daur Tooz Total
Population 348,700 180,300 107,600 134,000 121,500 46,700 103,400 1,042,200

See also


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  3. ^ See for example the following newspaper article from July 2015, which refers to Tuz Khurmatu as part of Saldin Governorate.
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External links

  • Official Website (in Arabic)
  • 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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