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ATBARA (Bahr-el-Aswad, or Black River)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 823 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ATBARA (Bahr-el-Aswad, or Black River), the most northern affluent of the river Nile, N.E. Africa. It rises in Abyssinia to the' N.W. of Lake Tsana, unites its waters with a' number of other rivers which also rise in the Abyssinian highlands, and flows north-west Boo m. till its junction at' Ed Danner with the Nile (q.v.). The battle of the Atbara, fought near Nakheila, a place on the north bank of the river about 3o m. above Ed Darner, on the 8th of April 1898, between the khalifa's forces' under Mahmud and Sir Herbert (afterwards Lord) Kitchener's Anglo-Egyptian army, resulted in the complete defeat of the Mandists and the capture of. their leader, and paved the way for the decisive battle of Omdurman on the end ' of September following (see EGYPT: Military Operations).
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