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Battle of al-Khazir
Part of Uprising of al-Mukhtar al-Thaqafi
Date 67/686
Location Near Khazir
Result Victorious of Ibrahim b. Malik al-Ashtar
Army of al-Mukhthar al-Thaqafi Army of Umayyads
Ibrahim b. Malik al-Ashtar al-Nakha'i 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad
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'Ubayd Allah, Husayn b. Nmir, and ...

Battle of al-Khāzir (Arabic: حَرب الخازِر) was among the battles of the uprising of al-Mukhtar which took place between Ibrahim b. Malik al-Ashtar (commander of al-Mukhtar's army) and 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad (commander of the army of Syria) in 67/686. This battle took place beside al-Khazir (the right branch of Zab river) and led to the death of 'Ubayd Allah.

Ibrahim, son of Malik al-Ashtar urged his companions against 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad and his army to take revenge for Imam al-Husayn (a). Al-Husayn b. Numayr, the commander of the right wing of 'Ubayd Allah's army conquered the left wing of Iraq's army. Then, Ibrahim ordered his commander of the right wing and his standard-bearer and himself attacked the enemy with his foot soldiers and defeated them after an intense battle. Many people of both sides were killed. Ibrahim b. Malik killed 'Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad.

Time and Place

There are different opinions about the time of the battle of al-Khazir. Some sources have mentioned its happening in 66/685 and some have mentioned it in 67/687. Al-Tabari have mentioned the report of Abu Mikhnaf, which is historically closer to the time of the battle and has considered it in 67/687-8. In this battle, many people of those who caused the Tragedy of Karbala