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Halabja inches towards becoming Iraq's 19th governorate

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Issue 1174 - 25 Jul 2023 | 6 minute read

Iraq's geopolitical landscape will change, if only marginally, when Halabja becomes a full governorate, as expected in the near future. The area –site of a devastating chemical weapons attack by Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1988 – is already recognised as a governorate by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), but equivalent federal recognition has, until now, eluded Halabja.

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