AŠUR THE COLLOSAL OF ANCIENT TIMES

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‘Āshūr (Assyria) was the capital city of the Old Assyrian Empire (2025–1750 BC). The remains of the city are situated on the western bank of the Tigris River, north of the confluence with the tributary Little Zab. The name, Zab, is the Stone Age biliteral root *ZB “penis,” an invention of the tribe of ‛Āad, the ancestral origin of the Assyrians. The orighinal homeland of ‛Āad is Southern Arabia but they controlled most of Arabia and later most of the Arabian Peninsula for thousands of years. Occupation of the city is said to have lasted some 4,000 years.

U.S. Soldiers from Crazy Horse Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment provide security for the Provincial Reconstruction Team and representatives of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization visiting the ancient city of Ashur, the site is now known as Qalat Shergat, Iraq, Nov. 21. Ashur is one of three areas in Iraq that is a World Heritage site.

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