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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.
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(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)
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(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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Najaf / NINA /- The commander of the Middle Euphrates operations Qais Mohammadawi said that the defeat of ISIS militarily and on the ground is final and that the sleeper cells are on the way to disappear.
The Economist of London, the leading news magazine in the English language, says that a growing number of clerics in Iran are distancing themselves from the regime and treating Najaf in Iraq rather than Qom in Iran as the intellectual center of Shiism.
An elderly Pakistani woman died on Wednesday after falling off an ambulift at Najaf International Airport, said a statement by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
KARACHI:A lady aged 94-year-old travelling from Najaf on PK220 fell from ambulift at Najaf International Airport while the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has asked their authorities to submit a detailed report of the tragic incident.
On Sunday, social media was flooded with reports that Jawad Louay al-Yasari, son of the governor of Najaf province, had been detained for smuggling cannabis and pills.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran resumed its direct flights to the airport of the holy city of Najaf, Deputy Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization said.
NAJAF/ Aswat al-Iraq: Mid-Euphrates Operations Command Othman al-Ghanimi disclosed today that vessels full of arms arrived into the country.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.On the other hand, Zarfi denied any movement or vehicles coming from the desert facing Saudi Arabia.He added that strict precautionary measures were taken in the desert fields, pointing that thousands of volunteers are pouring into the province.Najaf, center of the province, lies 160 km south of the capital, Baghdad.
| 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.
Qatar Airways has introduced its latest gateway in the Republic of Iraq with the launch of scheduled flights to the central city of Najaf.
A Gulf Air plane was diverted to Baghdad Airport yesterday from Najaf for refueling, said a report.