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Wars of Modern Babylon: A History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003

Pesach Malovany


This book describes the history of the Iraqi Army from its establishment in 1921 until its collapse in 2003 in the war against the Coalition Forces, the core of which was a highly intensive 24-year period under the leadership of Saddam Hussein. It analyzes the development and activities of this army, and focuses on the major wars in which it participated during Saddam’s regime: the prolonged war against Iran (1980-1988) and the two wars against the Coalition Forces led by the United States (1991 and 2003), as well as the wars against Israel and the Kurds in earlier periods. The book is based ... More

Keywords: The Iraqi Army/Armed Forces, Saddam Hussein, “Qadisiyat Saddam”, The Mother of all Battles (Operation “Desert Storm”), The “Decisive War” (Operation “Iraqi Freedom”), Iraq, Iran, Coalition Forces

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pesach Malovany, author

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Part One The Development of the Iraqi Army and Its Campaigns from Its Establishment until the War against Iran (1921–1980)

Part Two “Qadisiyat Saddam”: The War against Iran

Phase 1: The Iraqi Attack on Iranian Territory

Phase 2: Iranian Counterattacks for Driving the Iraqi Forces from Their Territory (January 1981–June 1982)

Phase 3: The Iranian Offensive on Iraqi Territory (July 1982–End of 1983)

Phase 4: The Iranian Attacks in Iraqi Territory Gain Momentum (Early 1984–March 1986)

Phase 5: “The Decisive Year” (March 1986–April 1987)

Phase 6: The Twilight of the Iranian Attacks (May 1987–April 1988)

Phase 7: The Victory Operations and the End of the War (April–August 1988)

Part Three The Gulf War: The Conquest of Kuwait and the “Mother of All Battles” War (1988–1990)

Part Four The Armed Forces between the Two Wars against the Coalition, and in the “Decisive War” (Operation “Iraqi Freedom”), 1991–2003

Part Five Components of Iraqi Military Power