Kifri

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Kifri
كفري
Town
Kifri is located in Iraq
Kifri
Kifri
Location in Iraq
Coordinates: 34°41′0″N 44°58′0″E / 34.68333°N 44.96667°E / 34.68333; 44.96667Coordinates: 34°41′0″N 44°58′0″E / 34.68333°N 44.96667°E / 34.68333; 44.96667
Country  Iraq
Governorate Diyala
Elevation 282 m (925 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Total 42,010
Time zone UTC+3

Kifri (Arabic: كفري‎‎, Turkish: Kifri, Eski Kifri) is a town in Iraq and the seat of Kifri District. It is in the north of the Diyala Governorate, a province which borders the Baghdad Governorate, Saladin Governorate and Sulaymaniyah Governorate. The district population was estimated at 42,010 in 2003. (source: 2003 - NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq).

Background

Until the 1970s, many inhabitants of the town of Kifri and the villages west of the towns were Turkmen. The population in the eastern villages was almost completely Kurdish. Until present time the original citizens of Kifri are Turkmens; others are just gathered from villages around Kifri. However, after 1980 enforced Arabization changed this situation, and after 2003 a Kurdization policy - accompanied by large-scale emigration of the Turkmen (mainly to Baghdad and Kirkuk) - changed the demography of the city.

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