Ar Raqqah

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Ar Raqqah (الرقة, also spelled Rakka), city in north central Syria, capital of the Raqqah province, located on the north bank of the Euphrates River, about 160 km east of Aleppo.

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Sunset over the rooftops
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Remains of the Bad Baghdad

In the 8th century, the town gained importance as Caliph Harun ar-Rashid used it as a headquarters against the Byzantine Empire and renamed it to ar-Rashid.

The arab astronomer Al-Battani made his observations in ar-Raqqah and in Antioch.

Ar-Raqqah was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century.

Modern population is around 120,000 (1995 estimate).

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