Karbala or Kerbala (Arabic: كَرْبَلَاء, romanized: Karbalāʾ \[karbaˈlaːʔ\], KAR-bə-lə, also US: KAR-bə-LAH;) is a city in central Iraq, located about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh, also known as Razzaza Lake Karbala is the capital of Karbala Governorate, and has an estimated population of 700,000 people (2015) The city, best known as the location of the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE, or the shrines of Imam Husayn and Abbas, is considered a holy city for Shia Muslims, in the same way as Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem

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