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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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BAGHDAD, July 5 (KUNA) -- A Kuwaiti delegation visited city of An-Najaf to thank Grand religious scholar Ali Sistani for praising His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's "national unity" sentiments following Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque terrorist attack.
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A Jerusalem Post reporter "embedded" with a 3rd US Infantry unit said the site had been discovered in the city of An-Najaf, about 90 miles from Baghdad.