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Kifri is located in Iraq
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 Governorate
Elevation 282 m (925 ft)
Time zone UTC+3

Kifri (Arabic: كفري‎, Sorani Kurdish: کفری‎, Turkish: Kifri) is a town in Iraq and the seat of Kifri District. It is in the north of the Diyala Governorate, near the town of Qarah Tabbah and the city of Kalar.

The town is claimed by the Kurdistan Region, as part of the Sulaymaniyah Governorate.[1]


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.


  1. ^ The map of estimated population of Sulaimany governorate in districts level -2015, Kurdistan Region Statistics Office. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
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