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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river channel, about 193 km (120 mi) long, of southeast Iraq formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and flowing southeast to the Persian Gulf. The Shatt al Arab forms part of the Iraq-Iran border, and navigation rights to the channel have long been disputed by the two countries.

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  • And just to remind our viewers where this took place yesterday, it's in a water way that the Iraqis call Shatt al Arab, that the Iranian's call Arbanroud.

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2007

  • It was March last year that Iran got into an altercation with British sailors that they had taken in a dispute over whether or not they were in the international waters in Shatt al Arab, right above the Persian Gulf.

    CNN Transcript Jan 7, 2008

  • That said, people I've spoken to who have gone to that waterway, Shatt al Arab, that this incident took place on Friday, say that on an average basis -- and they haven't been there for some months, but at least in recent times -- these boats do cross over from one side to the other without incident.

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2007

  • SIBA, Iraq - The Shatt al Arab, the river that flows from the biblical site of the Garden of Eden to the Persian Gulf, has turned into an environmental and economic disaster that

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  • In Halaichiya, reached by boat across waters that ebb and flow like a tide before joining the Shatt al Arab, a beguiling sense of the ordinary still reigns.

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