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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 Last War

The Last War

The “Decisive War” (Operation “Iraqi Freedom”)—Preparing for the War

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(p.658) Chapter 40 The Last War
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Wars of Modern Babylon
Author(s):

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.003.0042

This chapter deals with the last war between Iraq and the Coalition forces in 2003 - Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, called by the Iraqis the "Decisive War. It describes its background, Saddam’s view on the situation, the Coalition forces versus the Iraqi Armed Forces on the eve of the war, and the Iraqi planning for the war and the deployment of their forces. It describes also the Iraqi preparations for the war—in the logistics, in case of a prolonged war, fighting the Coalition forces inside the cities, and the political and military division of the command of Iraq among Saddam’s deputies and loyal supporters. It also deals with the possibility of using chemical weapons against the Coalition forces on their way to Baghdad.

Keywords:   Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, the coalition forces, the Iraqi “regular” army, the Republican Guard, The Iraqi Air Force, “Jerusalem Army”, “Fidai Saddam”, The party militia

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