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A city of south-central Iraq near the Euphrates River. A center of Shiite Islam, it is a starting point for the pilgrimage to Mecca.


(Placename) a holy city in central Iraq, near the River Euphrates; burial place of the Caliph Ali and a centre of the Shiite faith. Pop: 639 000 (2005 est)


(ˈnædʒ æf)

also An-Najaf

a city in central Iraq: holy city of the Shi‘ites; shrine contains tomb of Ali (a.d. c600–661). 472,103.
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A technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defence and security markets, Thales, has received a contract to supply one Instrument landing system with distance measuring equipment (ILS/DME) along with all associated services for Najaf Al-Ashraf International Airport in Najaf, Iraq.
Najaf / NINA/ Najaf Provincial Council unanimously elected Vice President of the Council, Luay al-Yassiri as new governor of Najaf.
Amman, July 12 (Petra)--Royal Jordanian will operate its first flight to Najaf on July 13, launching a new regular service between Jordan and Iraq.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's national carrier, Iran Air, is slated to resume its direct flights from the country's Southern Bushehr city to the Iraqi holy city of Najaf in the coming days.
These include around 400 Indians in three batches from Najaf and Karbala who are likely to be back home tomorrow.
In a press conference with Najaf Governor Adnan al-Zarfi, he did not the volume or origins of the arms, pointing that priority was given to medium and heavy weapons.
BAGHDAD, March 13 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iraq Ghassan Al-Zowawi was briefed Thursday on a residential complex in the southern Najaf city which was built through a generous donation from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and contribution from other Kuwaiti citizens.
Summary: Iraq hopes museum in city of Najaf would boost cultural, recreational and archaeological tourism.
A Gulf Air plane was diverted to Baghdad Airport yesterday from Najaf for refueling, said a report.
Qatar Airways will fly to Najaf, its third route in Iraq from January 23.
But, at the same time, it is quite reasonable for the regime in Tehran to want to bring the independent theological leadership in Najaf under its heel.
NNA - 5/1/2012 - Maronite Patriarch, Bechara Boutros Rahi, received Thursday a delegation of Najaf scholars on the occasion of nominating Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf as the capital of Islamic culture for 2012.