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Ancient fortress on the Orontes River, western Syria. A strategic outpost, it was attacked by the Assyrians in 853 BC. It was defended by Aramaeans, led by Ben-hadad I of Damascus, and their allies, including King Ahab of Israel. In 720 BC it was the scene of a battle in which Sargon II of Assyria captured and burned it.
Variants of KARKAR
Karkar or Qarqar
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