Battle of Balanjar (723)

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Battle of Balanjar (723)
Part of the Arab–Khazar Wars
Khazar warrior with captive, image from an 8th-century ewer found in Romania
Khazar warrior with captive
Date 730 CE
Location Balanjar
Result Arab Muslim victory
Belligerents
Khazar Khaganate Umayyad Islamic Caliphate
Commanders and leaders
Unknown † al-Djarrah ibn Abdallah
Strength
? ?
Casualties and losses
? ?

The Battle of Balanjar was a battle in the Khazar–Arab Wars. In 722 or 723, according to Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Umayyad soldiers under al-Jarrah ibn Abdallah crossed the Caucasus Mountains and attacked Balanjar. The inhabitants of Balanjar tried to defend their town by fastening 3,000 wagons together and circling them around the key fortress on high terrain, but were defeated in the attack. The Arabs massacred much of the town's population; survivors fled to other towns, including Samandar. The victorious Arab army stole much booty and the soldiers received large sums of money.

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