List of wars involving Iraq

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This is a list of wars involving the Republic of Iraq and its predecessor states.

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Results Iraqi losses Head of State Prime Minister
Military Civilians
Mesopotamian Campaign
(1914–1918 WWI)
Ottoman Empire United Kingdom Defeat
~89,500
~35,500
Mahmud Barzanji Revolts

(1919–1924)

United Kingdom Kingdom of Kurdistan

Kurdish Tribesmen

Government victory
?
?
Great Iraqi Revolution
(1920)
Iraqi Rebels United Kingdom Defeat
6,000–
10,000
2,050–
4,000
None
Ikhwan Raid on Busayya

(1927)

United Kingdom Ikhwan Defeat
  • Police post near Busayya destroyed
20
Yazidi Revolt

(1935)

Kingdom of Iraq Yazidi Tribesmen Government victory
  • Uprising Quelled
? ?
Iraqi Shia Revolts
(1935–1936)
Kingdom of Iraq Shia Tribesmen Government victory
  • Uprising Quelled
~500
Iraqi Coup D'etat
(1941)
Kingdom of Iraq Golden Square Rebels Government defeat
?
Anglo-Iraqi War
(1941 WWII)
Kingdom of Iraq (Golden Square)
 Germany
 Italy
 United Kingdom
 India
Iraq Levies
Royalists
Transjordan
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Greece
Defeat
  • Re-installation of Hashemite royal dynasty and pro-British government
~500
?
Barzani Revolt
(1943–1945)
Kingdom of Iraq Barzani Kurds Government victory
  • Uprising quelled
?
Al-Wathbah Uprising

(1948)

Kingdom of Iraq Communists Government victory
  • Uprising quelled
300–400
First Arab–Israeli War
(1948–1949)
Egypt
Kingdom of Iraq
Transjordan
Syria
 Lebanon
Saudi Arabia
 Yemen
Flag of Hejaz 1917.svg HWA
ALA
 Israel Defeat
?
None
14 July Revolution
(1958)
Hashemite Arab Federation

Support:

Hashemite Arab Federation

Free Officers Defeat
~100
Mosul Uprising
(1959)
Iraqi Republic Arab Nationalists Government victory
2,426
First Iraqi–Kurdish War
(1961–1970)
Iraqi Republic
Syria Syria
KDP Stalemate
~10,000
?
Ramadan Revolution
(1963)
Iraqi Republic Arab Nationalists Government defeat
100
Ar-Rashid Revolt

(1963)

Iraqi Republic Communists Government victory
  • Revolt suppressed
1+
November coup d'état

(1963)

Iraqi Republic Nasserists Nasserist victory 250
Six-Day War
(1967)
United Arab Republic
 Syria
 Jordan
Iraqi Republic
 Lebanon
 Israel Defeat
10
None
October War
(1973)
 Egypt
 Syria
Ba'athist Iraq
 Jordan
 Algeria
Morocco
 Saudi Arabia
 Cuba
 Israel Defeat[1]
278
None
Second Iraqi–Kurdish War
(1974–1975)
Ba'athist Iraq KDP
 Iran
Government victory (except against Iran)[3]
  • Iraq re-established control over Kurdistan
7,000
?
Arvand Conflict
(1974–1975)
Iraq State Flag of Iran (1964-1980).svg Iran Defeat
Iran–Iraq War
(1980–1988)
 Iraq
MEK
DRFLA
 Sudan
 Iran
KDP
PUK
Badr Brigades
Stalemate
105,000
375,000
~100,000
Invasion of Kuwait

(1990)

 Iraq  Kuwait Victory 656 ?
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Iraq  Kuwait
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar
 Italy
 Australia
Defeat
  • Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait; Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah restored
  • Heavy casualties and destruction of Iraqi and Kuwaiti infrastructure
20,000–
35,000
3,664
1991 Iraqi uprisings
(1991)
 Iraq
MEK
Badr Brigades
Islamic Dawa Party Flag.svg Dawa
Government victory (Southern front)
  • Uprising suppressed
~5,000
80,000–
230,000
KDP
PUK
Government defeat (Northern front)
Iraqi Kurdish Civil War
(1995–1996)
KDP
 Iraq
KDPI
PUK
United States
Stalemate
?
Bombing of Iraq
(1998)
 Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
Defeat
  • Much Iraqi military infrastructure destroyed
1,400[4]
(KIA or WIA)
?
Second Sadr Uprising
(1999)
 Iraq Badr Brigades
Islamic Dawa Party Flag.svg Dawa
Government victory
  • Uprising suppressed
40+
200+[5]
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
 Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Poland
Peshmerga
Defeat (Phase 1)
7,600–
10,800
 Iraq
Peshmerga
MNF–I
SCJL
Naqshbandi Army
Free Iraqi Army
al-Qaeda
ISI
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
IAILogo.png IAI
Mahdi Army
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Government victory (Phase 2)
17,690
War in Iraq
(2013–2017)
 Iraq
Peshmerga
Sinjar Alliance
Seal of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.svg CJTF–OIR

 Iran
Hezbollah

ISIL
Ansar al-Islam
SCJL
Naqshbandi Army
Mujahideen Army
Government victory
  • Iraqi territorial integrity preserved
  • ISIL expelled from all strongholds in Iraq[6]
  • ISIL genocides against Yazidis, Shias, and Christians in 2014
25,000+
67,000+
2017 Iraqi–Kurdish conflict
(2017)
 Iraq  Iraqi Kurdistan Victory
  • Iraq retakes disputed territories
?
?
Iraqi Insurgency
(2017–present)
 Iraq Naqshbandi Army
ISIL
Ongoing
?
?
Syrian civil war
(2017–2019)
 Iraq

 Syria

ISIL

Victory
  • ISIL loses remaining territory in Syria
None
None

Other armed conflicts involving Iraq

References

  1. ^ References:
    • Herzog, The War of Atonement, Little, Brown and Company, 1975. Forward
    • Insight Team of the London Sunday Times, Yom Kippur War, Doubleday and Company, 1974, page 450
    • Luttwak and Horowitz, The Israeli Army. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Abt Books, 1983
    • Rabinovich, The Yom Kippur War, Schocken Books, 2004. Page 498
    • Revisiting The Yom Kippur War, P. R. Kumaraswamy, pages 1–2
    • Johnson and Tierney, Failing To Win, Perception of Victory and Defeat in International Politics. Page 177
    • Charles Liebman, "The Myth of Defeat: The Memory of the Yom Kippur war in Israeli Society"[permanent dead link] Middle Eastern Studies, Vol 29, No. 3, July 1993. Published by Frank Cass, London. Page 411.
  2. ^ Loyola, Mario (7 October 2013). "How We Used to Do It – American diplomacy in the". National Review. p. 1. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  3. ^ J. Schofield, Militarization and War, p. 122
  4. ^ Rossiter, Mike, Target Basra , Corgi, 2009 ISBN 0552157007 ISBN 978-0552157001, p. 210
  5. ^ Dan Murphy (27 April 2004). "Sadr the agitator: like father, like son". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes". New York Times.
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