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A city of north-central Iraq on the Tigris River north-northwest of Baghdad. The capital of the Arabic Abbasid dynasty in the 800s, today it is a pilgrimage center for Shiite Muslims.
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Indeed, most of the places the photographer captured in the 1950s and 1960s no longer exist or have been damaged such as the Bazazin market with its candlemakers which was hit, the Great Mosque of Samarrah blown up by so-called Isis and Rashid Street where he bought his first camera which was struck by violence.
While some additional information points to her being from Baghdadi's hometown of Samarrah, this again is insufficient evidence.
This allowed the 2nd BCT to rush to Samarrah, and the 3rd BCT to punch through and capture Tallil Air Base.