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06/30/2011

Anbar Province, a treasure house of history

This time, I would like to introduce Anbar, one of the states where our project sites are located.

Anbar, located in western Iraq, is the largest state in the country, covering 32% of the national territory. It shares borders with Jordan, and has cities such as Ramadi, Anah and Fallujah.
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The word “anbar” originally meant “warehouse” in Arabic. Around the third century, Christian Arabs who lived in southern Iraq, sometimes called Mutherids, used this area for storing military items and food. Such history gave the state its current name.

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For the Sassanid Empire (3rd-7th centuries), Anbar was an important location to prevent attacks from the Roman Empire. The capital of Abbas Caliphate (8th-13th centuries) was actually located in Anbar, until Al-Mansur, the 2nd Caliph, moved it to Baghdad in the mid-8th century. Anbar lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Euphrates River, which flows into the Persian Sea.

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Countless people went through the state, and in the course of such history, many temples and palaces were built. You can see remnants of the ancient times from the historic ruins.

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June 30, 2011 in Iraq |