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.[1] 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.[2] The town is 35 kilometres from the Iraqi border and 15 kilometres from the Turkish border.[3] 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.[4]


Girkê Legê
Location in Syria in the Kurdish territory
Coordinates: 37°0′59″N 41°57′16″E
Country Syria
GovernorateAl-Hasakah Governorate
DistrictAl-Malikiyah District
de facto Rojava
470 m (1,540 ft)
 (2004 census)[1]
Time zoneUTC+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[2] and the town became fully under the PYD's control.[3] 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.


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Hasakah Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. "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.
  3. "Syrian Crisis Brings a Blessing for Kurds". Inter Press Service. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.

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