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Karkh or Al-Karkh (Arabic: الكرخ) is historically the name of the western half of Baghdad, Iraq, or alternatively, the western shore of the river Tigris as it ran through Baghdad. The eastern shore is known as Al-Rasafa.[1]

Its name is derived from the Syriac (ܟܪܟܐ) Karkha; citadel.

Today, it is also a neighborhood between the international zone and the Tigris. Karkh is one of nine administrative districts in Baghdad.


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Coordinates: 33°19′N 44°24′E / 33.317°N 44.400°E / 33.317; 44.400