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HaborMesopotamia (today, central or northern Iraq). The name most-likely refers to where the tributary river of Habor flowed into either the Tigris or Euphrates rivers.
At the time of the fall of The Northern Kingdom of Israel (the "lost ten tribes"), Habor was the area that the Assyrian (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) king Tilgath-pilneser took the two and one half tribes east of the Jordan (see map) and it was later also the area that Shalmaneser king of Assyria took the remainder of the northern kingdom of Israel, whose tribal lands were west of The Jordan River, in Galilee and Samaria.
"The king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan"
It was inevitable that the two and one half tribes east of the Jordan (Reuben, Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh - see Eastern Tribal Lands) would face the earliest attack from Assyrian invaders because the Assyrians had to go through them to get to the tribes on the west side of the Jordan.
"5:23 And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto Mount Hermon.
The remaining seven and a half tribes were next (see The Galilee Captivity).
"17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years [see Kings of Israel and Judah; also Israelite Dynasties]. 17:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
Fact Finder: When will "the lost ten tribes" of Israel be re-united with Judah (the "Jews")?