Khabur River

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For the tributary of River Tigris, see Khabur (Tigris).
Khabur
Arabic: نهر الخابور, Aramaic:ܢܗܪܐ ܕܚܒܘܪ, Kurdish: Çemê Xabûr, Turkish: Habur Nehri, Habor, Chaboras, Hebrew Kebar,Chebar
river
Khabur south of Al-Hasakah
Countries Syria, Turkey
City Ra's al-'Ayn, Al-Hasakah, Busayrah
Source Ras al-'Ayn
 - elevation 350 m (1,148 ft)
Mouth Euphrates
 - coordinates 35°8′33″N 40°25′51″E / 35.14250°N 40.43083°E / 35.14250; 40.43083Coordinates: 35°8′33″N 40°25′51″E / 35.14250°N 40.43083°E / 35.14250; 40.43083
Length 486 km (302 mi)
Basin 37,081 km2 (14,317 sq mi)
Discharge
 - average 45 m3/s (1,589 cu ft/s)
 - max 57 m3/s (2,013 cu ft/s)
 - min 2 m3/s (71 cu ft/s)
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The Khabur or Khaboor River (Arabic: الخابورal-khābūr, Kurdish: Xabûr, Syriac: ܚܒܘܪ ḥābur/khābur, Turkish: Habur) is the largest perennial tributary to the Euphrates in Syrian territory. Although the Khabur originates in Turkey, the karstic springs around Ra's al-'Ayn are the river's main source of water. Several important wadis join the Khabur north of Al-Hasakah, together creating what is known as the Khabur Triangle, or Upper Khabur area. From north to south, annual rainfall in the Khabur basin decreases from over 400 mm to less than 200 mm, making the river a vital water source for agriculture throughout history. The Khabur joins the Euphrates near the town of Busayrah.