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2. Political situation
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. Human rights
12. History
13. Cities and Towns

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Cities and Towns

The figures given by LookLex are estimates, and heavily rounded off. Accurate population figures presented by many other sources are deceptive and suggest a level of accuracy that does not exist. With few exceptions, urban population figures are no more than advanced guesswork.
Different countries count urban population according to varying methods. In many cases there are no official figures, there may never have been a proper census. There exists no consensus about how to define a border between neighbouring cities, nor to define city borders to a surrounding rural region. City populations are in some cases the population of a municipality, but municipalities can be smaller than the city proper, or they may include vast rural areas.
LookLex definition of a city or town requires continued settlement, and defines the border between neighbouring cities to be the administrative border, a river or a major highway. Our primary source for population data is City Population, but LookLex assess each figure, and in 5 to 10% of the cases we make a different estimate.

Baghdad 7,400,000
Mosul 1,300,000
Basra 990,000
Irbil 950,000
Kirkuk 710,000
Sulaymaniyah 700,000
Najaf 560,000
Al-Hillah 540,000
Nasiriyah 530,000
Karbala 520,000
Al-Amarah 420,000
Diwaniyah 390,000
Ramadi 380,000
Kut 370,000
Ba'qubah 240,000
Fallujah 260,000
Samarra 200,000
Zubayr 170,000
Kufa 110,000
Tikrit 100,000
Dahuk 47,000

All figures are 2002 estimates.

By Tore Kjeilen