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Mahabad

Administration
Full nameMahabad
Official nameMahabad
Native nameMehabad مەهاباد
CountryIran
ProvinceWest Azarbaijan Province
Government
Parliamentjalal mahmudzadeh
Other information
Area code0444 - 0442

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Mahabad ( , ) is a predominantly Kurdish city in Iranian Kurdistan in northwestern Iran. The city lies south of Lake Urmia in a narrow valley 1,300 metres above sea level, in West Azarbaijan Province.

Mahabad is the centre of a rich agricultural region, but the city itself is little developed by Iranian standards. Mahabad is connected by road with Tabriz 300 km north, Piranshahr 85 km west, Urmia 150 km north and Irbil in Iraq. The city is also home of the Islamic Azad University of Mahabad.The city of Mahabad has often been the center of Kurdish pro-Soviet Marxist movements in Iran.


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