(än näsĭrĭ`yä), city (1987 pop. 265,937), provincial capital, SE Iraq, on the Euphrates River. It is the center of a date-growing region. Founded in 1870, the city was captured by the British in 1915. Nearby are the ruins of Ur.
Since the group was limited in the number of vehicles it could move immediately behind 3d Infantry Division maneuver units, the group commander decided that the forward command post would move to An Nasiriyah and establish the first FLB.
When the forward command post could hand off the An Nasiriyah FLB to another CSG, it would move north and temporarily link up with the main command post.