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Location of Dujail in Iraq
Coordinates: 33°51′0″N44°14′0″E / 33.85000°N 44.23333°E / 33.85000; 44.23333
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Governorates of Iraq Saladin
District Dujail

Dujail ( 33°51′N44°14′E / 33.850°N 44.233°E / 33.850; 44.233 , Arabic: الدجيل; alternate spelling: Ad Dujayl) is a Shi'a district in the Saladin Governorate. It is situated about 65 kilometers (40 mi) north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and has approximately 100,000 inhabitants. It was the site of the 1982 Dujail Massacre [1] and the 2008 Dujail bombing.

Shia Islam Denomination of Islam which holds that Muhammad designated Ali as his successor and leader (imam), whose adherents form the majority of the population in Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and Bahrain

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Saladin Governorate Governorate in Tikrit, Iraq

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  1. Saddam trial to open with village massacre A little-known massacre at a village where residents tried to assassinate Saddam Hussein in 1982 will be the focus of the first case in the trial of the former Iraqi president. ( The Guardian ; June 7, 2005)