Arabic, North Mesopotamian SpokenPrint
7,570,000 in Iraq (2014 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 8,691,000.
North central concentration,Tigris and Euphrates valleys north of Baghdad, Salah ad Din, Al Anbar, Diyala, At Ta’mim, Ninawa, Arbil, and As Sulaymaniyah governorates; south enclave, northeast of An-Najaf, shared borders of An Najaf, Al Qadisiyah, and Babil governorates.
6a (Vigorous). De facto language of provincial identity in Kurdistan Region.
Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab].