Al-Muabbada (Arabic: المعبدة; Kurdish: Girkê Legê, Classical Syriac: ܡܥܒܕܗ) is a town in al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Al-Muabbada had a population of 15,759 in the 2004 census. According to the Kurdish news agency "Rudaw", the Ba'athist Party under president Hafez al-Assad changed the name of the town to Al-Muabbada. The town is 35 kilometres from the Iraqi border and 15 kilometres from the Turkish border. As of 2004, Al-Muabbada is the eighth largest town in Al-Hasakah governorate. The majority of the inhabitants of the town are Kurds with a large Arab minority.
Location in Syria in the Kurdish territory
|Coordinates: 37°0′59″N 41°57′16″E|
|Elevation||470 m (1,540 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (EEST)|
On 24 July 2012, the PYD announced that Syrian security forces withdrew from Al-Muabbada. The YPG forces afterwards took control of all government institutions and the town became fully under the PYD's control. As a preliminary result of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, Al-Muabbada today is situated in Jazira Canton within the autonomous Democratic Federation of Northern Syria framework.
- General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Hasakah Governorate. (in Arabic)
- "Girke Lege Becomes Sixth Kurdish City Liberated in Syria". Rudaw. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Syrian Crisis Brings a Blessing for Kurds". Inter Press Service. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.