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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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The Completion of the Iraqi Plan of Attack in Khuzestan (October 1980) and the Transition to Static War (November–December 1980)

The Completion of the Iraqi Plan of Attack in Khuzestan (October 1980) and the Transition to Static War (November–December 1980)

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(p.132) Chapter 6 The Completion of the Iraqi Plan of Attack in Khuzestan (October 1980) and the Transition to Static War (November–December 1980)
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Wars of Modern Babylon
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Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.003.0008

This chapter deals with the political situation faces the Iraqi leadership after opening the war against Iran, and their efforts to bring to a ceasefire at this stage. It describes the battle to “liberate” Khorramshahr on October 1980, the crossing of the Karun river in order to encircle Abadan and the fighting in the Shatt al-Arab sector, as well as the fighting in other sectors in Khuzestan in the central and northern sectors of the front. It describes also the developments in the air and naval theaters of war in this period. It deals with the logistic and administrative matters that appeared on the Iraqi side as a result of the war, and the change in the Iraqi strategy in winter 1980 by transition to static warfare — “war of attrition”.

Keywords:   Iraqi leadership, Ceasefire, Battle of Khorramshahr, Crossing of the Karun/river crossing operations, Battle of Abadan, Shatt al-‘Arab, Logistics and administrative issues/matters, Changing Iraqi strategy, War of attrition, “Helicopter Day”/Helicopter operations

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