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

  • A city of south-central Iraq on a lake near the Euphrates River. It is a starting point for the pilgrimage to Mecca. Population: 482,000.


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  • A U.S. Army tank rolled deeper into Iraqi territory on March 23, 2003, south of the city of An Najaf.

    A Look Back at the Iraq War

  • Though temporary reinforcing operations in places like Fallujah, An Najaf, Tal Afar, and now Baghdad may brief well on PowerPoint presentations, in practice they just push insurgents to another spot on the map and often strengthen the insurgents 'cause by harassing locals to a point of swayed allegiances ...

    Bill Richardson on Iraq: Listening To Our Soldiers Call To End The War Now

  • BATISTE: The cycle continues to repeat itself in places like Tal Afar, An Najaf, Samarra, Fallujah, Ramadi, and on and on and on.

    CNN Transcript Jun 7, 2006

  • In An Najaf, the situation remains with Sadr supporters continuing to gather at Al Kufa.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2004

  • Anti-coalition forces continue to conduct night harassing attacks on coalition forces around An Najaf and the attacks in Najaf and Karbala are likely to overshadow, sadly, the significance of Arbayin.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2004

  • In the central-south zone of operations on 22 May, coalition forces conducted a series of offensive operations against Muqtada's militia in Husseiniyah, Karbala, An Najaf and Kufa.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2004

  • But it was in cities like An Najaf and Baghdad's northern suburb of Sadar City, the Shiite revolt erupted most violently.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2004

  • In An Najaf, there have been three attacks this morning on Iraqi police stations.

    CNN Transcript May 17, 2004

  • The situation, by the way, in the south of Iraq, with the exception of An Najaf area and al-Sadr's forces there and the man himself, is relatively stable and has essentially returned to the condition it was before Sadr's militia and thugs started attacking not only coalition forces, but also killing Iraqi people, innocent men, women and children.

    CNN Transcript Apr 15, 2004

  • And just as a backdrop, we must also realize that our commanders have been handling some enormous challenges in Iraq, including the increased fighting in Fallujah and An Najaf, the temporary plus-up of troops, and the departure of the Spanish brigade, at the same time that they were dealing with the conclusion of some of these reports.

    CNN Transcript May 7, 2004


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