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Iraq plans new city next to capital

In order to find solutions to the chaos in Baghdad due to overpopulation, the Iraqi government plans to launch a new city next to the capital.
land near Baghdad airport

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced last week the start of work to build a new administrative city on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which is to stretch over an area of ​​165 square miles. Planners hope that the city, which is to bear the name Al-Rafeel, will grease the wheels of the capital’s economy and help resolve the area's housing crisis.

Baghdad, whose population is estimated at more than 7.3 million, is overcrowded. It has grown by more than 2 million since the turn of the century in part because it is home to various government departments and agencies that offer plenty of job opportunities compared with the rest of the central and southern provinces.

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