- a town in central Iraq, on the Tigris: seat of the early Abassid caliphs.
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Contemporary Examples of samarra
He prepared operations south of Samarra and north of Baghdad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
It has been six months since unknown insurgents destroyed the Al-Askari mosque in Samarra.
She says, Shi'a people leave Adh Dhouloueya and go to Samarra.
They are the victims of Shia death squads in Samarra and Tikrit.
“The Peace Brigades have been welcomed by the Sunni people of Samarra,” he said.Baghdad’s Shia Militia Plans for War on ISIS
July 16, 2014
Historical Examples of samarra
The inhabitants of Samarra are, I believe, the most ill-balanced people in the world.Caught by the Turks
More obviously, Al-Ajik castle guarded Samarra from the north.
It was near Samarra that he suffered defeat and died of wounds.
Samarra Station was dismantled, but the engines and trucks were there.
Life was scant at Samarra, as poor as it had been abundant at Sannaiyat.
Word Origin and History for samarra
city in north-central Iraq; phrase an appointment in Samarra indicating the inevitability of death is from an old Arabic tale (first in English apparently in W. Somerset Maugham's play "Sheppey," 1933), in which a man encunters Death (with a surprised look on his bony face) one day in the marketplace in Baghdad; he flees in terror and by dusk has reached Samarra. Death takes him there, and, when questioned, replies, "I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra."