al-Muthanna (governorate)

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Basic data
Country Iraq
Capital Samawa
surface 51,740 km²
Residents 550,000 (as of 2006)
density 11 inhabitants per km²
ISO 3166-2 IQ-MU

Coordinates: 30 ° 0 '  N , 45 ° 30'  E

Al-Muthanna ( Arabic المثنى, DMG al-Muṯannā ) is a governorate in southern Iraq on the border with Saudi Arabia . The governorate covers 51,740 km², and there are about 550,000 settled residents (2006), as well as another 15,000 Bedouins . The capital of the governorate is Samawa .

The border with Saudi Arabia is guarded by 680 border police officers and the newly established 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Iraqi army with 1,800 soldiers . The Multinational Forces in Iraq (MNF) invested around 340 million US dollars in rebuilding the governorate's infrastructure by July 2006.

The districts are: